Recently I have taken some time to reflect on how far I've come in my own growth, and want to share what transformed my life. It's so simple, but we resist doing it due to our Ego-based fears of change! If you do ONE thing to help yourself, this would be it. I'll explain more.
One of the most difficult challenges in my life was going through a painful breakup of an engagement about 14 years ago. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but it was to me. I went through the next year in a period of grieving. I was living alone in Georgia, away from my home, while in graduate school. I felt very alone and sad. Eventually, though, I got tired of feeling sorry for myself. (I also had foot surgery so hobbling around on crutches added to my feeling quite pathetic). When I realized that drinking a lot of wine every night probably wasn’t a good idea, I started going to meditation classes. My sister sent me the book “When Things Fall Apart” by a well-known Shambhala Buddhist nun, @anipemachodron . This book, and meditation, changed my life.
It was an extended “dark night of the soul,” but I learned some powerful lessons and through meditation I began to accept responsibility for unconscious patterns I had created in my life in relationships. By learning to quiet my mind, and with and lots of journaling, I began trying to become a better person. After being a somewhat angst-ridden, pessimistic person for most of my adolescence, I found joy in my life by reconnecting with old friends, and began to focus on gratitude for the blessings my life. And then, about a year later, I met my current husband, had two beautiful children and my life entered the new, current chapter with my new, kinder, better version of myself.
I know that so many of you hear about meditation. But it's more than just good for you. It could literally save your life.
So, I hope you will join me next week in a free class on this simple habit of quieting the mind, creating new thoughts (yes it can be done!) and coming up with a plan to do it.
Please register in advance for the virtual class, How to Meditate Easily and Joyfully on Wednesday, March 27th, 7-8 pm EST. Show up live for a special gift!😉