There is no greater gift to ourselves than our willingness to be present to our own lives ~ the good, the bad, and the ugly ~ and we do this most effectively through Mindfulness or Insight Meditation.
Through Mindfulness Meditation, we teach the mind to ride the energies of our persistent thoughts and emotions without taking them personally. We become aware of what we deeply know and need to heal. For example, we can allow ourselves to be more vulnerable. We can dissolve what's ungrieved. We can open our hearts and let everything in. And we can discover that we can tolerate and sustain aliveness and joy.
When we meditate, we learn how to stay present without distortion or judgment, and discover through our own discernment that the present moment is worth returning to and living fully. Meditation invites us to slow down so that we can experience ourselves clearly, lovingly, and wisely.
There are many benefits derived from a consistent meditation practice. For example, we open to levels of consciousness that lie deeper than our intellect. Our disguises fade and our aggression diminishes. Our mind becomes tranquil and more manageable, and we act more wisely toward others and ourselves. Not only does meditation decrease fear and worry, it also reduces our heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen consumption, perspiration, and muscle tension, and improves our immune system and neurotransmitter function.
Through meditation, we cultivate inner peace. Getting ourselves still is an act of self-compassion, respect, and creativity. Maintaining a consistent Mindfulness Meditation practice is a wholesome and practical way to be at peace in our own skin in this lifetime.
Mindfulness Meditation is not a quick fix, nor is it about denying what we feel by replacing negative experiences with positive ones. It’s about embracing the truth of the moment and discovering the liberating power and beauty of pure awareness. It’s simple and life changing.