It is my hope that you meditate. It is my belief that we will change the world through meditation. It is my understanding that connecting to the stillness and silence within allows each of us to live life with expanded awareness, deeper compassion, and greater fulfillment. It is my experience that time spent in stillness and silence can open your heart to the true depth of your universal essence. Accessing this depth of pure, unbounded consciousness on a regular basis has allowed me to see and feel the world with an ever-expanding openness, deeper empathy, greater clarity, and a heightened connection to source. At this point in my life, I think this is a good thing.
Aham brahmasmi is a Sanskrit expression meaning “I am the universe.” When we can genuinely feel we are not in or of this world but rather the whole world is within us, we slowly begin to integrate that mind-set into our words, our thoughts, and our deeds. Once this is truly how you feel (and daily meditation will awaken that understanding), you will effortlessly tap into the limitless supply of what the universe has to offer you—a wellspring of effortless abundance, an unfolding of deeper fulfillment, and a sweeter, more loving world that you can walk through with greater grace and ease.
No different from when you are in a dream state, every experience you have in your waking state is self-derived, self-created, self-influenced, and self-motivated. This is not to say things outside of you don’t happen; rather, it’s how you respond to the unexpected or the uncertain—what you do with new information and old rituals—that becomes the fabric of your life. And we all respond to everything: a kiss on our lips, the wind on our cheek, a diagnosis, a text, a cough, a comment, a sigh, a desire, a memory, a caress, the ringing of a phone, the honking of a horn, the wink of an eye, a fleeting thought, footsteps in the distance, the sun on our neck, the tone of an e-mail, the color of someone’s hair, and even the reading of this sentence. Yet there is no such thing as an external force that can make us feel a certain emotion or respond in a certain way.
Our moods, feelings, and emotions are multidimensional interpretations based on our conditioning. Most of it is probably imprinted into our subconsciousness before we reached our teens. The remainder is embedded over the past few decades as we drank life in and reinforced those early interpretations, weaving them into the fabric of our being. Our response to each moment is a blend of that conditioning, our DNA, our current circumstances, our emotional intelligence, and our state of mind in that instant.
Meditating every day has taught me that we are all the masters of each moment. And effortlessly weaving this practice into every fiber of my being has given me tools and techniques for living life with less stress and anxiety, greater clarity and focus, expanded compassion and empathy, deeper love and more frequent joy, and a viewpoint that is more receptive to other perspectives, which offers me increased possibilities. I believe that anyone who is willing to embrace meditation can access these tools as well.
written by: David Ji who is an internationally recognized life guide, author, meditation recording artist, motivational speaker, and meditation instructor.
Want to know more specifically how meditation can improve your overall health and well-being? It helps to reduce stress and anxiety, builds focus and concentration, and improves creative thinking. But how does practicing meditation physiologically change what’s going on inside of you, impacting your emotional, spiritual, and mental wellbeing?
Take a look at what the recent studies are showing across the board at major universities all over the world.
- shrinks the amydala (controls our reaction to fear)
- thickens the prefrontal cortex (the thinking and reasoning part of our brain)
- enlarges the hippocampus (controls our memory, providing context for our emotional respsonses)
- strengthens the posterior cingulate cortex (associated with creativity, self reflection and self-awareness)
- builds the temporo-parietal junction (manages our ability to be empathetic and emotionally intelligent)
- reduces blood pressure
- boosts our immune systems
- helps us handle pain
- improves our sleep
- prevents heart disease
The most beautiful part about developing a regular meditation practice is that ANYONE can do it! Each and every day, as a ritual of self-love, practicing at least 5 minutes in the morning, and 5 minutes in the evening to start off, and increasing the time as you feel is appropriate. You can adjust the recommended time to suite you best, and NO you do not need to sit cross legged on the floor! You should, however, sit in whichever way is most comfortable for you. You can sit in a chair, palms facing upward on your lap, spine straight (always), and simply focus on your breath. Take deep, slow breaths. Clear your mind. You can imagine the breath entering your body as a white light of positive energy filling your entire body, and the breath outward is ridding all negative emotions, and thoughts out of your body. Any thoughts that may enter your mind (and they will at first! this is the challenge!) you can simple acknowledge them, and release the thought. Resume back to focusing on your breath. There is research that claims meditation is something like push-ups for the brain!
In conclusion, what you will come to experience, is a VERY personal journey that is just the beginning! Your body, mind, and spirit will be FILLED with joy, unconditional love, and infinite gratitude from this experience… and for me, at least, has been one of the most personal self-loving experiences I have ever come to experience in my life. Each time I meditate I find myself to be filled with an almost overwhelming feeling of self-love. It’s like swimming in a sea of bliss! Each and every one of us has our very own experience, and the meditation techniques that work for some people, might not work for others. You can YouTube “guided meditations” they even have meditations to help focus on anxiety, stress, prosperity, love, trauma, health, positive thoughts, you name it! The best part – it’s all free! So, take some time to yourself each and every day to practice this simple self-love technique that can help you develop a deeper relationship within yourself, and in turn, will change the world outside of you.