Today’s scientific knowledge confirms that body “IS” mind. Anything that happens to the mind influences the body and vice versa. If our thoughts breed fear, anxiety, or anger this obstructs the flow of energy in the body and causes problems such as indigestion, constipation, weight gain, insomnia, depression, increased cortisol levels, IBS, auto immune diseases and more.
The studies conducted at Harvard medical school revealed that meditation significantly affected many physical, emotional and mental systems ; the most benefits were to the nervous system, reducing blood pressure, pain reduction, increased immunity, relief of IBS and depression and the slowing of the ageing process. I can attest to two other results from my personal practice; increased intuition and creativity.
Like running a marathon you would not expect to tackle 26 miles out of the gate. Little by little, with daily practice you can achieve your goal. In the same way, meditation simply requires that you set aside time , morning or evening or both to sit and let the mind unravel. I like to think of meditation like surfing in the ocean, the thoughts like the waves. When you have a thought simply let it ride the surf and gently glide back into balanced water. There is no forcing or tugging involved. It’s a process of ‘allowing” the mind to rest into it’s source which is emptiness and peace. It’s like giving the mind a bath and you may also find you can finally hear your inner voice in the quiet moments.
I love what the poet saint Rumi said ” There is a field.. I will meet you there”.
Wishing you that inner connection that can be bridged through the practice of meditation.