Let’s talk about meditation with Eve. Eve has been practicing yoga for close to 30 years. She learned Bhakti Yoga from her guru in India and studied under other teachers to complete her certification to teach. Once I learned that Eve meditates 1-2 hours a day, I was inspired to learn more about meditation and share her knowledge with you.
I feel so many of us hear the word “meditate” but never dove into its meaning and/or benefits. When I think of meditation, I think of someone sitting pretzel style on the beach, listening to the waves of the ocean and in full relaxation mode.
Eve shared when she meditates in the morning it keeps her centered in her day to day activities. Which is inspiring to hear because I believe in starting our days in a peak state of mind. I enjoy starting my day with a prayer and thinking of all I’m grateful for. Even on rainy days or getting up early in the morning for work, I like to change my mindset from negative to positive by simply switching the words “have” to “get.”
Here are some examples:
I get to go to work
I get to wake up early
I get to make breakfast
I get to do my hair
So, let's start with the question, “What is meditation?” Meditation has different meanings for different people as there are a vast amount of techniques. Meditation builds concentration, breath control, visualization skills, mindfulness, and expands awareness in our universe. Eve expresses how in Bhakti Yoga, meditation is her way to feel a direct connection with her deity and then brings that loving energy into her day, life and others. For me, I enjoy visualizing my goals becoming a reality when I meditate.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
Do you know what a mantra is? A mantra is a spoken phrase with the emphasis on creating a resonating phrase that is repeated to aid in meditation. For some it is a useful tool to maintain focus for long periods of meditation and for others the mantra is the actual name of their God or deity. In both cases, it is a sacred utterance that is spoken repetitively. In silent meditation the mantra will be thought rather than spoken aloud. Do you have a personal mantra? Personally, I think of a mantra as a positive affirmation I say out loud, visualize and/or think about.
Have you ever wondered the difference between relaxation and meditation? I absolutely love Eve’s answer to this question!
She said, “ Relaxation is not the aim of most official forms of meditation but it is an enjoyable side effect to the practice. A lot of Western newer forms of meditation emphasize the stress reduction and relaxation aspects but traditionally the aim of meditation is to expand your awareness and connect with your deeper self and its relationship to the universe.”
Meditation is easy however, it can appear difficult because we have to “let go” of our ego and our busy minds. Stay in the moment. Listen to your surroundings. Embrace where you are, right now. For first time learners, it’s our thoughts and impatience that can create a struggle when it comes to meditation.
How can I learn to meditate? It is best to learn personally from a teacher or guru from an established lineage but if that is not immediately available there are plenty of resources online that provide introductory lessons.
Please see below my favorite guided meditation by Eve on self love:
I encourage you all to create a routine that works for you to clear your mind. Whether it's mediation or a different practice. Clear your mind. Focus on your breath. Feel good about yourself.