I’ve written in a couple of blogs about what we do when life throws us a curve ball. Well, we sure got a curve ball this week. Like many of you, the election results caught me totally off guard, and I was unprepared for the wave of emotion that hit me in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Disappointment. Grief. Fear. Despair. The election of Trump feels like a blow to so much that I stand for and hold dear. I slept poorly Tuesday night and woke up Wednesday morning feeling contracted, small, and shut down.
Yet, I got up and did what I always do every morning. I got up and did my meditation practice. So did my 12 year old and my 15 year old. It’s what we do every morning. It’s a practice that I’ve cultivated over many years, and I’ve passed on to my kids. It’s the most reliable way for me to steady myself when the world is shaky. It’s a practice that that cultivates resilience in me, the ability to surf the waves of life and to steady myself when life throws a curve ball. Mediation helps me keep the container of my body-mind strong and adaptable. It’s what keeps me whole.
Meditation is no small thing. I do it, of course, for myself. I do it so that I can feel better. But, it’s not just for me. It’s a form of activism. I don’t meditate to get good at meditation. I meditate to get good at life. I meditate so that I can be a better mother, spouse, teacher, neighbor and community member. I meditate so that I can more open minded, see the big picture, and speak and act from a more compassionate and skillful place. I meditate so that I can live my life from a place of wholeness.
It takes practice. Daily practice. That’s why I don’t miss a day of meditation. No matter what.
So many of us want real change right now. We want to see a world where people act from a place of CALM, STRENGTH, OPEN-HEARTEDNESS, RESPECT, CURIOSITY, GENEROSITY, WISDOM, COURAGE, PATIENCE, and HUMOR.
These qualities begin on the inside.
Yogis have always understood that real change begins on the level of consciousness. Deep on the inside. Each of us has to engage in the work of going inside. Meditation assists us in dissolving the negative patterns that have accumulated in our body-mind that cause us to act in unskillful ways and gives us access to the place of wholeness. When this happens, bit by bit, we have more potency to be able to create shifts on the surface of life by taking action from a place of wholeness, compassion, deep respect and love. A the yogic text of the Bhagavad Gita reminds us, “Yoga is skill in action.”
Call to Action:
Engage in the practices that help you strengthen the vessel of your human body so that you can be a strong container to do the active work of peace in the world. As more and more people find wholeness and peace on the inside, there is a greater possibility for widespread positive transformation in the world. Meditate and you will find it much easier to act from a place of CALM, STRENGTH, OPEN-HEARTEDNESS, RESPECT, CURIOSITY, GENEROSITY, WISDOM, COURAGE, PATIENCE and HUMOR.
Love and peace on the inside create love and peace on the outside.
I know that it's tough to begin practicing yoga and meditation on your own. To this end, I regularly offer FREE TALKS on yoga and healthy habits. You can find one of my free talks, Intro to Meditation, here. As well, I offer additional free resources on my website. Here you can access audio practices, videos, tip sheets for up-leveling your life.
Please be in touch and tell me how I can support you in cultivating transformative practices that create change in you and in the world. Together we can make a difference.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti!
Om Peace, Peace, Peace!
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Annie Barrett. Educator, certified health coach yoga instructor.