In one of my previous blog posts, I’ve shared with you the scientific reasons why meditation is so good for our health. For me, it is the key to reconnecting with my true self. Since many of you wondered how I do it, here is a little snippet of my day in nature.
There are so many different kinds of meditation, that you cannot really go wrong with any. Just don’t overthink it. The more you try, the more you learn about yourself and you adapt. You are not meant to give up thinking “I cannot do this.” No, all you should do is keep looking for ways that will work for you.
I’ve learned that meditation brings the most benefits when practiced regularly. When it becomes part of your healthy routines you won’t need a special place or special setting to summon the calmness and peace within.
The key is to make an effort to spend quality time within yourself – paying attention to yourself. You can sit, you can run, you can brush your teeth, you can iron… whatever works for you, as long as you are present and aware.
I usually like to sit in some quiet, private place and visualize things, pray or just observe my thoughts. Sometimes It can feel like I didn’t manage to calm myself through meditation, but actually, those ones bring me lots of creative thoughts and solutions.
My spiritual teachers have helped me understand that I shouldn’t focus on how many minutes I do my meditations and how often. The goal is to understand the calm mind, the happiness and gratitude of your soul and transfer it to all areas of your life and all relationships you have.
No stress is too much for you because you learn to surrender your fears and controlling thoughts. You learn to appreciate the good and the bad because they help you grow.
My meditation in nature
On a very recent trip in Tuscany for our friend’s wedding ceremony, I had a few hours to go for a walk in nature. It really was something I was yearning for after so many months in a city environment.
I love being alone in nature. Alone completely. But I have to admit, at first when I arrive, I feel a wave of fear come over me because I know that I’m I am an intruder. To some, I might be pray, too.
What if there is some snake hiding in the bushes? Just in case, for that particular reason, I stomp loudly with my feet. Don’t laugh, but it really makes me feel safer. If they hear me, they’ll get scared and run off. Novak told me it works. (It better work!)
From there on, I continue walking with a little mantra
I am safe, I am free, I am me
The insecurities and fears that I have at first are usually because I’m out of tune with nature. My ego is aligned with city noises and rhythms, but there is not much noise here. You can hear birds, insects, water, wind… all the relaxing sounds (and your mind complaining!).
My Ego finally loses its power once I start feeling the breath of my soul. It is real. It is there. At first, it is just a breath, but then you can start hearing its voice. It was always there, talking to me, although I couldn’t hear it because I was not in tune with myself. You cannot hear it with your mind. You need to let go completely.
When you hear the sound of your soul for the first time, you will always be able to find it again. No matter how loud the noise is, no matter where you are… there is a part of you that will always guide you there. That is the ultimate place of peace you can find within you.
For those moments of reconnection, I chose a hidden place to sit comfortably, somewhere I am not seen easily, and I start saying the prayer I learned in Ecuador with my teacher Elena.
Thank you spirits of Nature for allowing me to be here with my mind, body, and soul. I am here as your friend, as your family.
Thank you for nourishing my soul with your love and purity, for making me whole again.
Thank you, Mother Nature.
Then I breathe in and say, “Nature is in me” breathe out and say “And I am one with nature. Thank you. I love you.”
I sit calmly. I try to let go of my thoughts, although they are rushing through my mind and sometimes it’s not so easy to not engage with them. The sounds of nature help me to stay in the present moment. I am listening and feeling my body.
Meditation for me is all about letting my mind imagine things. For instance, when I’m in nature, I imagine I am a tree and I start feeling how my roots are going deep in the ground to connect me with the Mother Earth, with the soil… through underground waters, I get access to wisdom and health, I am nourished. All of the stress is transformed into pure energy of gratitude and I feel how my body is being filled with light and love. My arms are branches filled with flowers and wonderful green leaves. Around me are animals and birds who connect with me… We are one.
The feeling of oneness is what I seek for. I don’t want to feel “better than” or “bigger than” in any situation. I simply seek the place of calm and the place where I am connected to ALL.
I can read a book, I can relax on the grass… Sometimes I play some music in my earphones and dance without a care in this world. Nobody is watching! Yeeeey!
There is no right or wrong, really. It’s just nature and me. And it feels divine.
What are your favorite places to escape? What do you do to reconnect with your inner self? What are your favorite meditations? Excited to learn from you!