Let’s be truthful : meditation can be a struggle. Personally, I find it hard to sit still and think of nothing. And I will guess it doesn’t come easily to you either, right?
Here’s an honest disclosure from someone who *should* meditate a lot…. For a very long time I dreaded doing my own practice. And as a spiritual healer, I needed it to ensure I remained grounded, clear and open to the Spirit realm + my own inner intuition.
I always had this sense of obligation that was intertwined with guilt saying, ‘I know this is good for me but I just don’t like doing it !’
Focussing on my breath didn’t work to empty my mind, it just created enough spaces of stillness to let me plan my shopping list and figure out what to make for dinner that night 😉
The game-changer came when I discovered guided meditation with the use of visualisation.
Why? Because, this gives your mind something to do!
And I am a big believer if you starve ANYTHING, including your mind, it will hunger to be fed. Meaning, trying to clear your mind and not think is the *worst* thing you could possibly to do to create stillness.
Yet, if you give your mind something to do, then it’s less likely to want to interrupt you as you aim to achieve stillness. Feed your mind with a point of focus and you are well on your way to creating a stronger foundation of inner and outer awareness.
Secondly, having your own little adventure within the creative space of visual guided meditation allows imaginative processing, and ultimately activates all sorts of happy, sparkly dopamine (which is one of our objectives, isn’t it, to create greater happiness and peace in our lives, yes?).
The beauty of guided visualisation within meditation is also this : you are going on a treasure hunt and the gold is found within YOURSELF.
This is one of the most satisfying and delightful outcomes .. you truly discover that all the insight and answers lie within you.
Your soul has a wonderful way of imparting wisdom through symbols and images and you can access this very wisdom through this pathway of visualisation.
So, for example : while guided to sit down alongside a river and you watch the water flow downstream, in your mind’s eye… who will sit down beside you? What thoughts in the back of your mind will rise to the surface and allow you to release them down the river? These details of what appears will be unique to YOU. Meaning only your subconscious will give you what details relate to you and your life at that moment.
On another guided journey, you may take a slow stroll into a lush green forest. It is there that you will discover your own sacred temple. What will it be? A marble dome? Grapevines dripping over an open canopy? Who is inside and what do they have to offer or show you?
By allowing your mind to play, we give it pathways to enjoy its own company, to think differently, and more effortlessly. We find new ways to let go of resistance and become empowered in the experience of being able to self soothe.
Now, high level meditation – what I like to call Premium Meditation – can involve the clearing of the mind but this happens after years of focussed practice. And I don’t know about you, but most of us don’t have the time or discipline to devote to such an intense practice, for hours a day, right?
So, having a ‘temple’ or ‘waterfall’ that you visit in your mind’s eye regularly means that it is easy to drop in and go to that space more regularly. This becomes a new place of peace within as you’re falling asleep, when you’re first waking in the morning, or while you gaze out the window and sip a cup of tea.
An image or place like this creates an ANCHOR for you to return to that embodies a sense of beauty, familiarity and peacefulness.
Trust me, it is entirely possible to re-wire your brain, in an enjoyable and relatively easy way. And it doesn’t involve asking it to stop doing what it was created to do : THINK.
Now here’s the really cool thing : when you give yourself a portion of your time regularly to tapping into this creative wellspring within you through guided meditation – a lot of drama dissolves from your life.
In all honesty, often we create or attract drama in our lives because a part of us craves some sort of stimulation or recognition, right? So what if we could feed that part of ourselves too?
Oftentimes the stimulation we lack is creative aptitude. You can see it in the kids today, they are so over-stimulated mentally and under-nourished creatively by digital devices that a lot of their creative juice has been sucked out of them. The result : they feel bored, listless, irritable. And this goes for grown-ups too, mind you.
Think about how much time you spend online scrolling and how your own sense of deep, rich life fulfilment feels like the furthest thing from your life right now. But if you give yourself the creative stimulation of going on your own internal adventure in your mind, all the while calming your nervous system – you’d be feeling pretty darn good right?
We all seek a level of recognition and appreciation.
And rightly so, as humans we crave love and attention. This is, after all, one of our core needs.
However, again, if we do not feed this internally, it will manifest externally in not so pleasant ways in the form of arguments, manipulation, general discord and a sense of disconnection with those around us.
So would you agree that by giving yourself the time to meditate as a genuine act of self-care and re-filling your love tank from within might make a difference in your life? And that there would be less drama, more flow?
If you answered yes, you are correct!
Let’s journey together.
I have created a sublime series of guided meditations to assist you to tune in, charge up and anchor yourself in your body – all guaranteed to have some seriously good side-effects. It’s coming soon to Mellow. Watch this space.