Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit

Relax, Reflect and Reconnect

NOVEMBER 2011, THE JOURNAL MAGAZINE BY SONIA MANNING

There’s not much time for reflection in the way we live our lives. If you’re anything like most people you like to be doing something all the time. You’re busy rushing about and if you encounter a problem then you solve it by doing even more rushing about or you spend all your time worrying about it. There is another way, and it’s a way that seems so simple that you may not believe that it can transform your life and give you peace of mind. That way is meditation.

The truth is, meditation is a far more complex, but far more rewarding experience than most people realise. It is a powerful process that can really help you steer your way through your life more effectively, transforming obstacles into opportunities and allowing you to discover your own sense of purpose, meaning and values – and who doesn’t want to experience that?

“I had never done meditation until a few weeks ago and didn’t know what to expect,” said one of our new clients recently. “It was a fascinating, powerful, heightened experience. It is hard to explain but I experienced dreams, feelings and images without them being confused by thoughts. There was a primal purity about them and the main feelings were of freedom, relief and pure joy. It is like discovering that there are doors open to you that you didn’t even know existed in your mind – and you’re free to open them to find out what’s inside. And what’s inside is a whole new level of experience.”

When faced with a problem, we tend to either ignore it (not a good idea) or try and think it through. We try to rationalise it – and why not, we are rational beings. Meditation, however, takes you into an entirely different space in your head where there is room to have insight into your problem without your mind being cluttered up by conscious thoughts.

Meditation can be particularly attractive to people who are restless, soul-searching and unfulfilled (even if outwardly living a successful life). This feeling of ‘The Empty Self’ is the numbness where we finally reach saturation point and no amount of holidays, houses or new cars on the drive can give us the nourishment we need.

This need actually manifests itself in any number of ways, from constant worrying or random bouts of anger to insomnia or addictive behaviour, from a bad back to an inability to lose weight. Often clients won’t even know what the problem is – they will just know something’s not right because they’re experiencing a restlessness which demands to be addressed. Ignore it and it just gets worse and worse.

Meditation is perfect for these individuals because it brings into the foreground the issues they need to deal with, bypassing the rational brain which otherwise rationalises away the problem – temporarily, until it comes back even worse than before. The state of mind you enter in meditation creates a brand new perspective that reaches you without being filtered by your mind.

Behind all this is the truth that you are born to be a particular person with your own enormous potential and unique spirit but as life goes on and you adapt and compromise, you lose sight of - and then forget - who you are meant to be. The more you forget, the more it hurts. Suddenly, you get that nagging feeling that what you have become is not enough and you need to reconnect.

Meditation is a wonderful way to make that reconnection, to close the gap between who you have become and who you really are – your real free self. With support and guidance, you will learn to trust your intuition as your guide, a skill that has become all too rare in our modern, mechanised world.



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Meditation is perfect for these individuals because it brings into the foreground the issues they need to deal with, bypassing the rational brain which otherwise rationalises away the problem – temporarily, until it comes back even worse than before. The state of mind you enter in meditation creates a brand new perspective that reaches you without being filtered by your mind.

Behind all this is the truth that you are born to be a particular person with your own enormous potential and unique spirit but as life goes on and you adapt and compromise, you lose sight of - and then forget - who you are meant to be. The more you forget, the more it hurts. Suddenly, you get that nagging feeling that what you have become is not enough and you need to reconnect.

Meditation is a wonderful way to make that reconnection, to close the gap between who you have become and who you really are – your real free self. With support and guidance, you will learn to trust your intuition as your guide, a skill that has become all too rare in our modern, mechanised world.