FREE YOUR MIND
Vipassana meditation, which means to see things as they really are, was taught in India more than 2500 years ago. It is said that this very simple but highly effective technique was the meditative practice of the Buddha through which he gained enlightenment.
Admittedly I'm not quite there yet, but it's good to know your destination, right?!
In the past my meditation practice wasn't as fully committed as my yoga, but since moving to Ibiza this incredibly powerful tool has become an essential part of my morning routine.
There are many days when I resist sitting still but like brushing my teeth this is non-negotiable. Even if it’s just for a few minutes.
We are so busy in our daily lives that any form of silence feels hugely uncomfortable, like a gap that needs to be filled. We should be doing something, be productive and achieve more. Or just check our Instagram feed and see how everyone else is doing…
Meditation can lead to remarkable transformative results.
By focusing on your breath you will notice the endless thinking that is going on in your mind. The monkey mind (I call it the monster mind) has its place and can be very useful, but it can get a little out of control and run away with us.
Most of the time we're unaware of our thoughts and the stories we tell ourselves. But when we get quiet this constant chatter of the mind becomes crystal clear. It's like looking at blue skies and noticing the clouds that come and go, and occasionally overshadow the light of the sun.
In the same way that clouds can temporarily obscure but cannot damage the light-giving power of the sun, so too the temporary afflictions of body and mind (our restlessness, anxiety, cravings and fear) can temporarily obscure but cannot destroy or even touch the fundamentally clear and pure nature of our consciousness.
Discovering this deeply rooted source within you is extremely powerful.
Life-changing in fact.
Through meditation you can uncover destructive habits and negative belief systems that are holding you back. As your mind gets quiet your intuition and creativity start to flow again. The nervous system calms down, and new neural pathways begin to develop in the brain (all this is scientifically proven).
Focus. Concentration. Clarity.
Observing my thoughts and feelings and not identifying with any of them has made a HUGE difference to my life. As they say, don't believe everything you're thinking!
My yoga practice gives me incredible strength and determination, but the stillness I find in vipassana meditation is essential if I want to step out of my habitual fear-based thinking and rewrite the stories I am telling myself.
Strength. Wisdom. Healing.
Through yoga and meditation I discover every day that there is so much more depth and stability within me, and that I know all the answers - I do not need to search outside of myself. It frees up my energy to live with intention and focus.