worry, I'm not going all mystical on you, so please bear with me.
I've spoken about meditation
before. It's magical, because it provide focus and space to allow
you to listen to, and speak with, the emotional part of you.
When that can be done, almost every aspect of life gets better because
fears are dissolved and focus on the present is sharpened.
Unfortunately, it's also inaccessible to most people
because meditation is difficult to do correctly, and the learning
process can be frustrating and tedious. I reckon maybe one in twenty
of the people I recommend it to master the technique well enough
to see real benefits.
But there's a hidden door to your secret garden
- and it's music. The challenge with meditation is to quiet down
a mind whirling with worries. It's fiendishly difficult to do, but
music provides a focus for our attention. It displaces those worries
by occupying our conscious minds sufficiently. Meat Loaf
and Tina Turner aren't ideal choices, but the right music
can be calming and sufficiently empty to allow meditative
benefits to accrue.
And now the final ingredient. When the music is
written with quiet contemplation in mind, then things get wonderful.
Are you ready for the video? Om Shivay means, loosely, I
bow to my inner self. If you repeat this affirmation often (feel
free to tweak the wording), and feel the truth of it as well as
say the words, you are performing a directed meditation. You are
acknowledging the power and central importance of your emotional
being. You are placing your intellectual mind in the service of
the real you; allowing yourself to be who you really are. You're
not trying to be who you worry others might prefer you to be, nor
lamenting the past, nor dreading the future. Simply acknowledging
that you are. Here. Now.
Sitting in that awareness is wonderful while it's
happening, and when you stop, you will feel a subtle difference
that lingers. Do it often and it's your constant companion. Or -
just enjoy the music and the images. I wish you internal calm and
I can't embed videos in email, but you can find
the video here.
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