Quiet the Mind
Posted on November 22nd, 2014

I meditate so I can quiet my mind and the world around enough to hear me – to hear what I’m saying, to hear what I really feel or need, to hear what I need to know. For so long I felt stuck in life but when I tried to use logic to get out of it, nothing got any better.  I started meditating 7 years ago in a yoga class and we would meditate for one minute – that’s it one minute – and I couldn’t do it.  Even in that minute my mind would go crazy about everything it was thinking.  But I kept with it and eventually that one minute became five and eventually into my practice now.  When I was quiet enough to hear what I needed, then amazingly enough I started to get unstuck.  I am more present in my life, I’m less anxious, I’m content.
 
I often hear people say “I don’t know what to do about…” and I ask back - did you try asking yourself?  It is so powerful if you do.  Ask – and then be quiet enough to listen.  Your mind is not you – it is telling you logic and reason and things you were taught or what you’re supposed to think or feel.  But the real you – your soul or essence - is beneath that.
 
For those who that doesn’t resonate that’s ok.  The benefits of meditation at a physical level are endless – calmer, lower blood pressure, less anxiety, better sleep and the list goes on!  Meditation is not easy – it is a practice that you must cultivate.   Some days will be easier than others and some days it will be harder to quiet your mind.  But giving yourself the time and space is worth it.  There are so many ways to meditate or be mindful – it can be guided or on your own, music or silent, mantras, breathing, candles or just you.  Whatever works for you – at Alma we offer just one of many ways to meditate try it and see if it is for you.

Marda is an amazing inspiration and guide!  I hope you can join to start meditating with us on Mondays.  If you already have a practice, this is a good opportunity to change the venue and enhance it with the energy of other like-minded people.  If you’re new, this is a great way to give yourself the discipline to start.  Marda will be joining Alma to offer some of her healing therapies in the near future so get to know her today with the meditation group.  Click here to sign up.

~Katie
 



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