What in the world am I talking about???
This may have sounded strange to me a while back but it is a reflection of what I have experienced this past week..
My husband and I have FINALLY been able to clear our schedule and sit in on a Ziva Meditation Talk with Emily Fletcher. We had 2 other opportunities before but I highly believe the universe speaks to us and our "excuses" were just because it was not our time to participate. We were not in that chapter in our lives.
But, here we were. The last time she would be speaking with us for the year and we KNEW WE HAD TO GO. Now I also am a firm believer that we have to have a deep connection with someone and truly understand and like the person in order to get the most out of it and thoroughly enjoy it..luckily, Emily, was that person. I immediately felt a connection and I had been following her on social media and am on her email list and I already liked that vibe..but again, you never know TRULY who someone is until you meet them in person...Emily was inspiring and I immediately felt safe and connected. She didn't take herself too seriously, which I love, and I could see her passion in truly wanting to help others and not just take our $$ (sad, but yes, some people out there are only about the $$)
After the talk, Corey(my husband) and I took immediate action( We are doing this more and more often these days before we let our self-doubt and fears get in the way of stopping us) and there we were..signed up to take a 4 day course of meditation.
The first day we had to bring in handful of fresh flowers and a couple pieces of organic whole fruit. I had no idea what to expect but only knew it was based on the history of this practice and how you "paid" for it to be taught to you. Yes I am probably missing out a whole junk of the info, so sorry, Emily, If I completely missed the mark on this! lol) But, I thought it was inspiring and I was very open to it. (The old me would have been a skeptic and thought what did I get myself into) But, no this new me, was inspired and ready to learn and be better.
Fast forward, for I could probably make this blog entry a REALLY LONG one, but this course was Tuesday to Friday from 10-12.
We were each given a specific mantra,(which I can not recite to you!) and I loved the way this practice is taught. I was one of the misunderstood when it came to meditation..which is probably why I never have tried it until last week.
I thought I had to completely shut off my mind and not have any thought.s I thought I had to sit up right and have perfect posture...I believed I would not be able to sit still for 5 minutes to meditate. I figured I would be awful at it and not receive the benefits...but Emily and Ziva Mediation completely gave me a 180.
To quote Emily, " Your mind thinks involuntarily, as your heart beats involuntarily." Yep..you can not tell your mind to stop thinking. It doesn't work that way. You will have thoughts, that is natural & we accept them into our meditation. We do not have to sit up right. Just have to have your back supported and your head free...(good posture is to be slumped over! lol which I did A LOT ) and we just use the mantra to help ground us, forget and reach BLISS...
What I love is that a misconception is that you will always be happy when you meditate. But it is not the case. You will be open to ALL feelings and you will feel them quicker. The thing we are here to meditate is to not be great at meditating, but to be GREAT AT LIFE. I really loved that. I am here to better.... I am here to SURRENDER...it is what I want to do in life, I want to be ONE WITH NATURE and know that I do not control it but Nature controls me.... We are so much more than our bodies and I know I am going to be GREAT and BETTER AT LIFE from practicing this.
Yes the first week was hard, for I am de stressing, and it had made me irritable, sad, happy, full of energy, then drained of energy, but I am letting nature do what it needs to do....I'm surrendering...I'm enjoying the journey. and I am excited to see from this, how it will not just make me more open and a better person, but a better actor and how it can help me be more creative and get out of my left brain and more into my right...( yes, I left out a whole lot of the left brain and right brain, as in this is the first I brought it up) But, know that we focus so much on the left side where judgment lives, critical thinking, etc. that we lose the creative side, & I am ready to even it out!
If you would like to check out more of Ziva Meditation, just click on the picture( she offers an online course ZivaMind, which is a little different but a great way to start if you are out of the LA and NYC area)
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