Meditation can do more than reduce stress. A consistent meditation practice allows you to quiet the voice in your head and connect to your heart. Instead of pushing for personal accomplishments in the face of overwhelming obstacles, learn to accept who you are today with peace and joy, surrender to the realities in our world that are beyond your control, and focus your efforts on initiatives where you can truly make a difference.
Seeking peace and joy within can seem unnatural in our world that prioritizes external accomplishments. Sitting still doing nothing is typically considered a waste of time. But when you meditate correctly, you’re learning to face the tensions in your mind instead of dumping your burdens on others. Over time, you naturally untangle more and more internal knots. At a certain point, when you find a quiet place and close your eyes, you will find peace and joy within. If you don’t have peace and joy within, it will be impossible to find it externally, but when you find it within, you can share it with others and no one can take it away from you.
Today it’s easy to learn some basic meditation techniques from apps like Insight Timer, Headspace, Calm, and various YouTube channels, but it’s hard to keep meditation in your daily routine without a supportive community. My meditator friends and I want to provide you with this supportive community. We have participated in silent meditation retreats and meditated daily for years. We’ve seen the benefits of meditating in our own lives, but also know the struggles that come with establishing a consistent practice. We’re here to help you on your meditation journey.
Starting August 22nd, we will meet virtually from 7:30-8:30pm every Monday. We will meditate silently for the first 30 minutes, so you’re welcome to listen to your own guided meditation, and we will talk about our experiences with meditation in our lives for the last 30 minutes. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please let me know. I hope to see you next week!