This is a guest blog post from Courtney Pinkerton, who will lead our meditation workshop on Thursday, June 16 from 7-9 p.m. The theme is “How to Create Your Life-Giving Meditation Practice.”
The big aha moment came for me several summers back after hearing a meditation author describe the practice as a “detox for the nervous system.”
ChaChing! Yes, please.
For whatever reason, after years of being a “sensitive” person, I could really hear that description of meditation as an invitation. And something within my reach that I could do to take care of myself.
As we get closer to the workshop, here’s a tip: tune into your desire. The clearer you are on why you want to start or deepen your meditation practice, the stronger your commitment will be as you create this new habit.
My secondary reason for starting a daily practice (which is pretty much one of my core motivations for everything) is that I want to feel good. Happy even. I know that it is not realistic to feel shiny + light in every moment, but I had the sense that I could be way happier way more of the time. This turned out to be true.
In fact, happy has become a sort of base line for me – a shift I credit almost entirely to finding a meditation practice that nourishes me daily. I still fall off the happiness wagon, but meditation helps me reconnect to Source. And voila! The happiness reemerges from its hiding place. (I think it might have been close by all the time, watching me with compassion as I push and struggle.)
One of my favorite meditation teachers, Sharon Salzberg, says that our desire to be happy is rightful and noble. (At least that is what I remember her saying at the workshop. I was blissed out at the time, so this may not be verbatim.)
I love that language.
She also says “The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention.” (Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness.)
Which is exactly what meditation trains our brain to do. To place and hold attention.
And of course being happy is never all about you. Your happiness is contagious. It is one of the most direct ways you serve your community.
So whatever you desire — to be happy, to have peace inside your body + mind, to be more present to your family — the more conscious you are of what motivates you, the more you will enjoy playing with these meditation practices. And you will know by the fruit in your life when you discover a meditation routine that is a great fit for you.
Join us for the workshop at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing to Create Your Own Life-Giving Meditation Practice on Thursday June 16th from 7-9 p.m. At the event you’ll also learn about a way to continue honing your meditation throughout the summer.