We Already Know How To Meditate
Have you ever been for a walk, your mind perhaps reeling with stressful thoughts or perhaps simply exhaustion, when you find yourself suddenly halted in your tracks at the sight of something amazing? Perhaps it is a majestic sunset or the bright orb of the moon so close to the Earth you feel you could reach out and touch it. You feel compelled by it and awe-struck. For a moment, you forget about your worries and feel a bigger touch of life, an intimacy with the mystery and beauty of the universe. Perhaps it is a body of water, shimmering with sunlight, which compels you to pause and feel the shimmering somehow merge with your mind and sweeten and relax it. Maybe it is simply the gaze of another human being upon you, a profound moment of connection.
Whether you know it or not, in this moments your body shifts into a spontaneous meditative state.
There is no particular pose to strike, no sitting still, no mind-blocking or emotion-filtering. You are simply yourself, meeting a moment of intimacy with life. Meanwhile, your mind-body-system shifts from sympathetic (action! Get going! Emergency!) mode to parasympathetic (rest, release, relax) and your whole body gets to hum with pleasure in a short moment of refreshment that feels timeless.
Meditation is a very ancient practice. People all over the world have been meditating for thousands of years. There are schools of meditation in almost every culture and spirituality, but long before these existed, we can assume people were exploring meditation intuitively. Instinctively, all of us have a natural urge to meditate – to journey deep inside ourselves, if only for a moment, to the core of our being and experience something profound, connecting and renewing. Meditation is a way of accessing inner wisdom and intuition. Extraordinary expressions of creativity have their seeds in our deep, inner lives. Our relationship to everything in the world begins with what is inside of us. Turning within, to our source, to our home, is the most natural thing in the world to. In these moments, we allow life to nourish, heal and renew us.
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