As a life coach, I know the importance of meditation when making positive steps to embrace change in your life. I teach how to meditate, urge clients to meditate, and remind them during difficult times to meditate. I cannot put enough emphasis on the importance and significance that meditation can have as you are letting go of the past, embracing and creating a new future; not to mention, being present, and being in the NOW. If you are one of those people that truly wants change in your life, do not underestimate the power that comes from doing nothing during meditation, and the impact that it will have on your life!
Even though there is much information regarding meditation available, there still seems to be much confusion about it. “I can’t meditate because I cannot quiet my mind,” or “meditation goes against my religious beliefs,” or the infamous “I don’t have time for it.”
If you are waiting for your life or your mind to become calm enough to meditate, you will be waiting a long time, and it may never happen. Any meditator will tell you, don’t wait for those things to happen. Begin to meditate, and a quiet mind, a calmer life come as byproducts of meditation.
Meditation has nothing to do with religion; however, meditation can take you deeper into your spirituality. Religion is about dogma, doctrine, and a particular system of faith and worship. Meditation is about freedom, a connection to Source, no matter who or what you call that source. Neither is meditation about chasing after enlightenment. Yes, for many, enlightenment happens, but again, it comes as a byproduct of meditation.
Regarding those believing they do not have time to meditate, there is an old saying, “meditate at least 20 minutes a day, unless you think you do not have time for it, and if that is the case, meditate an hour.” Once you begin to meditate, you will find that you have all the time in the world; you are better equipped to handle everything on your schedule, and the issue of time (or lack thereof) is no longer a problem.
I am a firm believer in the power of meditation because I have experienced it myself. When I was 19, I had spinal meningitis, and after a very long recovery, I was able to return to my life; however, I was left with a damaged spine. Most of the time, it wasn’t too dreadful, but a few times a year, my back would give out, and between chiropractor appointments and rest, I could go back to my normal routine. Finally, in February 1998, one of my disks shattered, and left me paralyzed from the waist down. It was the darkest time of my life, but thanks to meditation, it became one of the most enlightening experiences of my life.
I had been a sporadic meditator for years. I would meditate to relax during stressful or excessively busy times. I would meditate to help with the pain when my back would flair up; however, I was not a daily meditator by any means. Then came that infamous day when a disk shattered. The medical community did not do much to help me; that alone is a ‘whole different Oprah.’ Now that I was in constant pain and paralyzed, I used meditation for pain management, to find my ‘peaceful place,’ and I used creative visualization techniques to help my body heal. Twelve weeks went by, and I finally found a neurosurgeon that thought she could possibly help me through surgery. Three weeks later, I went into surgery. To her surprise, during surgery, she found that there was a new disk beginning to develop in place of the one that had disintegrated. She had never seen anything like this, and finding nothing to be done, she cleaned up the broken pieces of the old disk, stitched me back up, and I walked out of the hospital 12 hours later. So, when I tell you that meditation changed my life, I truly mean it! Here is the irony; I was not meditating to build or create a new disk, I was meditating for health, well-being, pain management, etc., and a byproduct was the natural intelligence of my body took over, and it healed itself!
I have seen many miracles with meditation. I have seen cancer go into remission, and tumors disappear. I have seen HIV status become undetectable. I have seen meditation help someone lower the dosage or completely get off certain medications, and I have seen it do wonders regarding addiction recovery, just to name a few examples.
Science has proven hundreds of benefits from doing this ‘nothing’ called meditation. Meditation will lower stress levels, improve cognitive functioning, creative thinking and productivity, and improve physical health and well-being. Meditation has many physiological, psychological, and spiritual benefits. Meditation benefits your whole being.
Meditation has been bastardized, debased, and misunderstood. It has often been thought of as a waste of time, energy, and effort; for how could doing ‘nothing’ be so beneficial, and it has even been stigmatized as something that goes against some religious practices, doctrines and dogma.
So how can do ‘nothing’ be so beneficial? It may appear that you are doing nothing, but in actuality, you are ‘doing’ many things, such as disengaging from the conditioned, thinking mind (Ego), and seeing the chaotic nature of the mind, and learning to not take the mind so seriously. During that quiet time, the body relaxes, and you are allowing the body to recharge, rejuvenate, and regenerate. Also, during that quiet time, you are honoring the interconnectedness of all things; some people even say in that quiet time, they ‘hear’ their soul, or their spirit talks and offers guidance. Again, meditation supports and benefits one’s whole being.
There are many types of meditations, such as guided meditations, mindfulness meditations (often referred to as Vipassana, a meditation based upon watching the breath, and/or thoughts), creative visualization meditations, song, sound, and mantra meditations, and active or moving meditations. Meditation does not necessarily mean being still or silent even though many meditations involve both qualities. Try more than one, and try them more than once; I bet you will be amazed!
Yes, meditation can and will change your life; however, you are the one that is going to have to give it a chance. Don’t be like me, and many others, who wait until life falls apart to really get into it. Empower yourself by doing the best doing nothing you can do for yourself!
Vedam Clementi is a Spiritual Teacher, Life Coach, Meditation Coach, Author, and Lecturer. A full recovery from paralysis using spiritual concepts, meditation, and natural healthcare led to Vedam’s spiritual awakening and desire to share what he has learned. Vedam has taught fellow souls for over a decade to leave the past behind, plant seeds for their desired tomorrow, and to be present in each moment as they move through life. Vedam has a unique way of uniting psychological and spiritual tools that support the individual to relate to themselves, others, and life in a new way: openly, lovingly, and authentically.