The Motivation to Meditate
I started meditating several years ago. At the time, I was stressed, had depression and anxiety and was on strong anti depressants from a break down I had several years earlier. So I thought why not give meditation a try, it may just help me.
I started meditating on my own, I had no idea what I was doing. I was confused by the different types of meditation out there and just didn’t know where to start.
A friend of mine then told me about a 14 week, meditation course being held at our local library, so off we went every Tuesday night. This gave me the start I needed. Our teacher told us to gain the benefits of meditation we needed to be meditating every day at home, not just in class, so I did. I started with 5 minutes a day. I found it hard to sit still for 5 minutes, this made me realise how much I really did need to sit and be still.
Being the owner of my own business and under a fair amount of pressure, I felt I just couldn’t switch off, so sitting still was something I just didn’t have time for or had even considered. Until my body and mind told me enough is enough, I needed to slow down and look after me.
I kept meditating every day, slowly increasing the time I sat from 5 mins a day to 10 mins twice a day, then to 20 mins twice a day. I persisted until I found I couldn’t live without my daily meditation practice and then I started to see the benefits of my daily practice.
I noticed I was becoming a more, calm, peaceful person, to the point where my family and friends were noticing the difference. I was able to handle the stressful situations bought about by my job with ease and this was just the beginning.
My daily meditation practice, completely changed my life, so I decided I wanted to be able to help others discover the benefits of meditation, by becoming a meditation teacher. So I began a search for a recognised course. I also thought if I do a course in teaching meditation this would deepen my own practice and give me more insight into different types of meditation to try myself.
I found a great course through The Australian Centre for Holistic Studies, this course has been the catalyst for a complete life change for me. With the support of my coach, our principle, other students, past graduates and the other coaches the course has provided a gentle caring environment to not only learn meditation and how to teach and guide, but it has started me on a journey following my life purpose.
I now have the skills to write my own courses, teach and guide meditation in a group and one on one setting, teach meditation for therapy, practice and teach mindfulness, conduct workshops and retreats, facilitate meditation in a corporate setting and many other new skills I have learnt.
The most important factor for me is that it has deepened my own practice, which means I live my speak. I believe I couldn’t teach unless I am on my own journey of daily meditation and self development.
Some of the benefits I have noticed from my daily meditation practice are:
- I now am centred and balanced (less stressed and anxious)
- I have slowed down and am present in my life, enjoying every moment
- I have developed more compassion and love for myself, which flows out onto others around me
- I no longer live in my thoughts
- Very importantly I have been able to come off my anti depressants and I know I will never need them again
- I have noticed a flow on effect to my family because I meditate, especially noticing the positive effects on my husband.
- This shows how powerful the benefits of meditation have not only on the meditator but those around them.
- I look forward to my meditation practice and couldn’t live without it
- My brain is more focused
- I need less sleep
- My memory has improved
- My mind is no longer messy, I observe my thoughts
- I am more in touch with my body and know its needs
- I am aware of my emotions and feelings
- I now breathe properly
These are only some of the many benefits experienced from daily meditation.
I am so grateful I am able to help adults and children develop their own meditation practice and bring all of the benefits of meditation into their lives.
Why not start your meditation journey today…
Be the silent watcher of your thoughts
and behaviour. You are beneath the thinker.
You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.