We are here as momentary beings. Why not make our time here one of incredible, exhilarating, expansive experiences! By this, i’m not referring to external, sensory, thrill seeking experiences, I’m talking more of an internal experience of expansiveness. One which remains with us through eternity, increasing our enjoyment and experience of every moment we have. Enabling us to find our stillness amongst the chaos. Providing us with clarity and inner peace when we need it most. Taking time to nurture and connect with our Sacred Self is one of the most beautiful gifts that we could bestow to our Divinity within and Guided Meditations are a wonderful place to begin.
Meditation is a wonderful practice that enables us to release our stresses and creates a sense of inner calm and peace within. It brings us to the peace of the present moment and provides an experience of profound relaxation. As countless studies have shown, meditation promotes physical, mental, spiritual and emotional healing. Some of the health benefits of meditation include: lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, decreasing cholesterol levels, releasing stress and fatigue, efficient use of oxygen by the body, assisting with addictions, reduced anxiety, improved memory and cognitive function and enhanced sleep patterns to name a few. Scientific research has also shown how regular meditation practice enables your brain to develop new pathways. Beyond these significant health benefits, the greatest gift of meditation is the sense of calm and inner peace that it brings into our daily life. Meditation enables us to fully immerse ourselves in enjoying the peace of the present moment away from the constant internal chatter in our minds.
Guided Meditations are a wonderful and enjoyable branch of meditation practice. This practice enables you to gain present moment awareness and release deeply held stresses and tensions; enabling the body to regain connection to its natural state of balance and calm. During Guided Meditations you are taken on a journey through your mind’s eye where you stay present in this scene. Instead of fighting your thoughts as they enter through, you simply become an observer of them, letting them float by whilst continuing to stay present in your imagery.
“The goal of meditation is not to get rid of thoughts or emotions. The goal is to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and learn how to move through them without getting stuck" Dr. P. Goldin
Regular practice of Guided Meditation paves the way to an increased awareness, enabling your body, mind and hearts to open up more freely to renewal, growth and inner peace. This will enable you to cultivate a greater relationship with yourself and more awareness of your thoughts. By being able to observe your thoughts you will be able to release emotional, physical and mental tensions. In time you will also be able to detach yourself from the internal chatter and stresses, to rest in your own being. This involves remaining centered, and if a thought or outside trigger pulls you out of your centre, your meditation practice allows you to return there again.
To attain true peace, it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, difficulty or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Meditation is one of the best natural tools that we have to balance our emotions, deal with physical and psychological distress, and promote the peace of the present moment. As you meditate on a regular basis, you will notice an increased sense of well-being as well as greater energy and creativity. The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself always thinking and acting from a place of inner peace. Regain your connection to a calmer, more peaceful life and enjoy a life filled with peace, harmony, balance and joy.
With regular practice, the expansive awareness you enter during meditation will begin to permeate your life outside of your meditation sessions. You will begin to notice increasing positivity and peace embrace your heart. You may begin to notice feelings of happiness and well-being arise from deep within at various moments of the day. Your thoughts, actions, and reactions will gain clarity, love and greater mindfulness. All of these shifts are steps towards living a life in harmony with your true spiritual self. The result of which is a deeper appreciation and a profound awareness of the Divine quality of existence.
By Shaylini Reiki Master Practitioner and Intuitive Energy Healer, Columnist and Feature writer, Holistic Health and Well-being Coach
Shaylini is a professional Reiki Master and the inspiring creator of The Sacred Self. She provides Reiki healing, Chakra balancing and Energy therapies to help experience freedom from emotional, mental and physical imbalances. Through her heart-centred approach, she provides a unique experience of deep healing which will enable you to let go of what doesn’t serve you, align you to your true potential and help you achieve ultimate inner peace and abundant self-love. The Sacred Self has been created to help you feel nurtured, inspired, balanced, free and most importantly happy. Through Shaylini’s techniques you will naturally experience an alchemical shift in energy leading to peace, joy and freedom. Shaylini leads her healing with a compassionate and heart-centred approach to bring clarity of mind, balance of body, healing of the soul, and nurturing of our Sacred Self. To find out more please visit: www.thesacredself.co.uk.
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