I often equated sitting still and being quiet with a negative connotation. I remember as a child that being told to sit still and be quiet was my punishment for misbehaving. For those of you that know me well, or even just a little, know that this was probably pure torture because I still struggle with being non-active.
But, does sitting still need to be non-active, unproductive or move you towards insanity? As a child, I remember squirming non-stop and soaking my cheeks with tears and on one occasion I even carved my name into my mother’s china cabinet. Yikes! I guess I really wasn’t sitting still. So, my transition through yoga over the last 10 years has definitely helped me accept that stillness should not only be practiced, but also embraced.
Meditation is finally becoming mainstream as a result of the research that supports it and the celebrities that promote it. Research studies have found meditation has a positive impact on pain, heart arrhythmias, insomnia, immune system disorders, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, ulcers, ADHA, migraines, high blood pressure, ERD, fibromyalgia and constipation. Meditation has also been found to help the symptoms of osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes type 2. And, if Paul McCartney, Jennifer Aniston and Jerry Seinfeld are doing it, why aren’t you?
Spending time with my dear friend and retreat co-host, Rebekah Borucki/Bex, in Aruba and reading Russell Simmons newest book Success Through Stillness inspired me to rev up my meditation practice. If you are looking for some guidance, check out Bex’s meditation videos, which focus on overcoming real life obstacles, such as weight-loss, dealing with rejection and coping with anxiety.
Start embracing your moments of stillness and allow the mind and body to relax. Start with small sessions and then move to longer ones.
Need help getting started, follow Bex through this meditation.
Sending you tranquility and love,
Reference: Center for Acupuncture and Mind-Body Health