A Daily Practice to Come Alive
A Daily Practice to Come Alive
By Laura Poole, Vedic Meditation Teacher, laurapoole.com
The effortless practice of Vedic meditation is one of the most powerful things we can be doing for ourselves every day. This simple technique is a way of expanding the mind and resting the body, allowing the entire nervous system to reboot. It creates concentrated deep rest and the perfect conditions to dissolve stress and fatigue.
We all know stress is having an impact on our quality of life – feeling anything from tiredness, confusion and overwhelm to the more severe cases of allergies, autoimmune diseases, anxiety and depression. The World Health Organization (WHO) states:
“Stress is the health epidemic of the 21st century. Stress is a fact of human life, but the pandemic levels of stress, stress-related diseases, and lifestyle diseases that we are seeing today are abnormal by historical standards.”
Stress may be a fact of life; however, there are many things we can be doing each day to create a more calm, clear awareness and a well rested body. By re-learning how to access the full potential of our minds while simultaneously managing stress, we can gracefully move into greater states of happiness and fulfilment.
Now I know there are many misconceptions surrounding meditation. The mind can be a mysterious place of endless thoughts that can get so out of control you’d rather not even start. You may have heard that meditation is about removing all thoughts from the mind, sitting completely still and concentrating, with it taking years of practise to experience the benefits. But I can confidently tell you there’s other way... a simple and effortless approach designed specifically for people who have careers, relationships and a desire to be creative in this world.
When you learn the art and science of Vedic meditation it all starts to make sense. This greater understanding leads to a greater appreciation, and when you appreciate something you naturally give it your time and commitment. This is the beginning of developing a healthy daily meditation practice.
And changes are experienced in your life from the very first time you close your eyes. This is why we’re meditating, not to become better at meditation, but to become better at life. Daily meditators see an innocent curiosity and enthusiasm for life return. Self-awareness dawns, and as stresses dissolve a natural wisdom emerges. Grounded in an intuitive knowingness of yourself, the heart expands, energy flows and you feel more and more alive.
As the author, philosopher and civil rights leader Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”
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