Hi, beautiful souls!
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a huge fan of meditation as a tool for spiritual growth, anxiety management, and mental wellness. In my experience, it’s the starting place from which other spiritual practices can start to flow. It’s the gateway to communication with the Divine. It’s a great way to start identifying with the quiet observer within.
But there’s one major problem with meditation that seems to vex so many souls looking to deepen their spiritual practice: Meditation can feel inaccessible!
When you think about it in the context of our world, it makes sense. Meditation goes against the grain of nearly everything we’ve been conditioned to value. For example…
· Our world is loud. Our minds are even louder. We’re used to surface noise. The quiet that meditation asks for feels foreign.
· Our world applauds logic and reason. We pride ourselves on the hustle and grind mentality. Meditation asks us to politely put that aside.
· Our world diminishes the importance of rest. Meditation asks us to drop everything and, essentially, do nothing.
So, if you’ve felt daunted by meditation, that’s completely valid! Despite knowing full well how beneficial meditation is for us, it’s counterintuitive to everything that makes us feel productive and successful.
In hopes of remedying this quandary (that word just called to me and I’m rolling with it), I’m going to share a simple hack that has changed my perception about meditation completely. But first, I want to give you some context with a quick (I promise) tangent.
My Quick Tangent
Before I reveal my meditation hack, I want you to know why I think it’s worthwhile to write an entire blog post encompassing one tiny piece of advice. I want you know why I feel that meditation is so worth writing about and sharing with you!
I’ve been passionate about the manifold benefits of meditation for a long time, but recently I had a conversation with my guides (during a meditation, of course) that amplified my love for it even further.
This past Saturday (8/8), the Lion’s Gate Portal was activated. Astrologically speaking, this means that the star Sirius aligned with Earth, making it appear much closer to Earth than it actually is! Sirius is known to be a major source of high vibrational energy, spiritual awakening and healing, and a representation of abundance. The Lion’s Gate is associated with an “intense surge of light,” activating spiritual awakening.
In other words, this sh!t is massively powerful when it comes to our spiritual awakening journeys and raising our vibrations closer to Divine Love.
On the evening of 8/8, I sat down for a 20-minute chakra meditation in which CRAZY amounts of Divine insight flowed through me. It felt like I was having a full-blown conversation with my guides and Higher Self. The main question I held in my heart and presented to them was: “How can I raise my vibration? I want to co-create this life with you.”
The answer was pretty simple.
Meditation is IT! Meditation is the way. It’s where Divine insight comes through. It’s where the connection to our spirituality begins.
We simply can’t keep functioning the way that this earthly reality has conditioned us to if we want to make strides towards spiritual ascension. Instead, we need to slow down, get quiet, and turn inward.
This is why I’m so passionate about sharing this piece of advice with you today, beautiful soul! It’s not just because I personally enjoy meditation. It’s because meditation is the gateway!
Okay, tangent done.
Without further adieu, I give you my biggest meditation hack…
Don’t judge your meditation. Let me say that louder for the people in the back. DON’T JUDGE YOUR MEDITATION!
I know what you might be thinking. That’s it?! That seems so simple!
And you’re exactly right. It IS simple, but shockingly difficult to implement! Earlier, I mentioned a few things we’ve been conditioned to value as markers of success, productivity, goodness, etc. Another aspect of our worldly conditioning is binary thinking. We’ve been taught to see things as black or white, good or bad, success or failure.
Just like so many other things in daily life, our minds try to fit the experience of meditation into a box. When we feel anxious, move around, or check our phones during meditation, we deem it bad and decide that we totally suck and should stop trying. When we come out of meditation feeling calm and peaceful, we deem it great and love ourselves for it.
But what if we loved ourselves for the simple act of showing up? What if that was the entire goal of meditation, and everything else was just icing on the cake? Instead of giving up on the practice because you’ve decided that you’re “not good enough at it,” what if you surrendered the outcome and simply allowed it to work through you instead of you working on it?
How liberating would that be?
High vibrational spiritual practices can’t be fit into a box. They don’t work the same as our binary-thinking brains do. They are so much bigger and more powerful than that! Who are we to judge a spiritual practice that’s literally existed since the beginning of humankind?
The Higher Self energy you automatically invoke when you sit down to meditate with the simple intention of allowing the practice to work through you will give you exactly what you need.
I say this to my Reiki clients all the time. There is no specific experience to search for or “try” to make happen. If you show up open to receive and surrender to the practice, the good energy will flow right to you and provide you with all the healing you need in that moment.
That healing doesn’t look the same on everybody. It’s possible that for you, healing means struggling to sit still through 3 minutes of mindfulness meditation. In those 3 minutes of what might feel like the total opposite relaxation, you might be laying the groundwork for an eventual breakthrough. It’s not your job to know. It’s only your job to show up.
If we all committed to struggling through 3 minutes of daily meditation, I am convinced that the world would be a more beautiful place. It would be a world filled with people who are willing to show up bravely for themselves, not knowing the outcome but understanding that the journey is more important.
If you’ve never meditated before or are in the beginning stages of your practice, you can find a detailed guide I call my “Meditation Starter Pack” here. My daily meditation practice is also explained in this article.
Wherever you are in your journey with meditation, trust that it’s enough. Know that when it comes to vibe-raising spiritual practices, the phrase “I’m bad at this” simply doesn’t apply. It’s not possible. If you are consistent in your pursuit of adding more and more Divine energy into little moments of daily life, there’s nowhere to go but up.
Will you join me on this beautiful journey of ascending through meditation? Do you have a meditation practice, or are you just starting out? I’d love to know!
Love to you beyond this world.