On the surface, meditation and self-healing seems too simplistic – a form of magical thinking. Really, how can sitting in stillness transform our minds and hearts? We can’t dare imagine that we could heal ourselves through meditation, that we have within ourselves the capacity and the ability to diminish our own suffering. It requires the marvelous elixir of time and patience and, for many of us, these two ingredients are in short supply.
Our Western-trained minds have been so long fixated on progress and industriousness that we have forgotten that it is this same mind that has created all of these physical manifestations around us. Secular and Theological thinkers have identified our spiritual need for catharsis, that exploration of humanity through art, imagination, reflection and imitation. Nevertheless just as the world has grown and been transformed by the Agrarian, Industrial, Digital and Democratic Revolutions, the heart’s need for compassion has only grown and the mind’s need for rest has increased tenfold. Many of us find ourselves on the run, moving with the pace of technology, trying not to be left behind. Even those of us who choose to reject the pace of the digital world find ourselves alienated and sometimes disconnected.
Moving from one busy moment to another, we make appointments to see friends rather than dropping in, we text instead of hugging, constantly moving like some wild beast is on our back and we collapse into the night wondering where did the day go, wake in the middle of the night too stimulated to rest, too tired to be awake. Looking for a solution, we rush all around, never fully settled in our bodies and hearts. It is often not until we are suffering in the physical/spiritual/emotional body that we seek help.
This is precisely the moment to invite a new consciousness into our heart and mental sphere, through meditation, which really is about deep attention and compassionate listening from the inside. Listening with the body/heart, feeling the sensations of the beating heart and the flowing circulatory system that we begin to come to acknowledge as our unique self.
To rest or to meditate may seem too simplistic to our mind, however it is about educating ourselves and our communities, about the true intelligence of the human mind and body, relearning our truest nature. Waking up to the present and being fully enveloped in the in miraculous vibration of the body system, facing all of the discomfort in order to leave no room for fear and anxiety to fester.
It requires unlearning the idea that our health is linear, instead understanding that it is circular, and that the mind is not at all separate from the body and the heart.
It requires carving out a practice of stillness that is unmoved by the busy world and its sirens.
It requires us to develop a relationship of radical acceptance for our self and for those around us.
This is our moment , where science, modernity and ancient culture have converged to create a brilliant opportunity to expand our consciousness and to reconnect with our universal ancient wisdom to breathe, to touch, to love, to listen, to reflect, to be still, to be interconnected and to accept that healing is inherent to our nature.