by Victoria Danelczyk
Meditation is like giving a hug to ourselves,
getting in touch with that awesome reality in us.
While meditating we feel a deep sense of
intimacy with God, a love that is inexplicable.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda
We have all heard about the benefits of meditation. Some people practice it and others pass it by doubting the benefits of such simple practice. It is so simple that perhaps for this reason the favor of doubt is attributed to it—sometimes without experiencing it.
Meditation is not only the action of sitting in an empty place and disconnecting with the outside (which is ideal), but more so the goal is to achieve a state of peace and harmony with ourselves and our environment, recover control and continue our daily lives in the healthiest way possible—regardless of external events.
Many people have heard of the benefits of meditation and very much want to experience them. Submerging for a few minutes in a state of interior silence, disconnecting from the outer world, not only improves our mental state and reduces anxiety and stress but also helps reduce the risk of psychosomatic diseases, prevent insomnia, relax the muscles and relieve us of accumulated tensions, giving us emotional tranquility. Above all, meditation affords us self-consciousness about our own body and allows us to develop concentration.
By meditating, we become relaxed and our body is so closely intertwined with what we are doing, that we can connect with our feelings, with our instincts—a state often lost in becoming so-called “adults”. Meditation assists us in restoring this natural state.
When you want to find your essence, when you want to know the answers, when you want to escape, look for a quiet, cool, clean place where you can relax for a couple of minutes—five, maybe twenty or the whole afternoon. If you have the opportunity to sit down for a moment by the river, on the beach, in a forest or anywhere that allows you to be in contact with nature, you may be able to connect with yourself. In other words, look for the NOW. By being present you can perceive with your five senses the sensations around you: the sound of the wind, the sea or the water of a river; the aroma of flowers, moss or salt; the texture of grass, leaves or sand under your feet. All these sensations are there every time you visit these places. It only takes a moment to notice them, to realize that they are there to make them PRESENT.
Relax your body, breathe gently until you feel comfortable (important), open your eyes to look at the clouds or close them to create the space where you would like to be in that moment. Do not think, do not remember, do not interrupt, just let your being flow.
Nature reminds us every day that we are not alone in this world. There are a multitude of beings that share with us this beautiful planet. It is enough to sit for a moment in nature and to observe, to feel, to listen and to perceive with all the senses the life that surrounds us. The simple fact of noticing how your body feels—without judging it, without engaging in a story and only feeling—this is already a meditation.
Listen to it and let it guide you, connect with the Universe so that it will work in your favor. It is you who have all your answers—when you reach that peace where the outside does not exist in you—it is at that moment where your “I Am” is powerful, genuine.
If you are a beginner, a suggestion is to meditate with sound such as Tibetan singing bowls. Sound meditation helps to reduce stress, creating a deep sensation of inner peace, balance and harmony while the cells of your body receive a gentle inner massage. Gong meditation clears you on the inside emotionally; a gong bath is a unique and highly personal experience. The gong speaks to each one of us individually, meeting us wherever we are on our life journey. To cleanse, the subconscious—the listener—only has to let go and let the sound of the gong do the work as it bathes the body, mind and soul. The experience is effortless and the results profound. Simply meditate on the sound or vibration. Meditating and calming the mind are the secret for health and longevity.
Upcoming events at Healing Harmony Wellness Center include Gong Meditation, 4pm, December 2 and 6:30pm, December 29; Tibetan Singing Bowls Meditation, 6:30pm, December 20; and Learn to Meditate, 6:30pm, second and fourth Wednesdays every month.
Victoria Danelczyk is a licensed massage therapist, reiki master, kundalini yoga teacher and co-owner of Healing Harmony Wellness Center, located at 9690 W. Sample Rd., Ste. 204, Coral Springs. For more information call 954-605-3800 or visit HealingHar.com.