Every courageous road we take brings us more deeply into our authentic being.
And, paradoxically, every road we avoid teaches us, too.
Some are intoxicatingly blissful, others...unspeakably painful.
But there are no ‘wrong’ roads,
not if we approach every path with wonderment and curiosity --
a call to service, to self, adventure and discovery. - - Robyn Lark Wakefield, one of my early teachers
At the start of this New Year I'd like to talk about my own meditation journey, which began almost 50 years ago...
I was a naïve teenager who walked into a Transcendental Meditation class, not knowing anything about it, or even what
meditation was, for that matter. Looking back now, I could never have possibly imagined then, how choosing that particular
path in 1970 would eventually lead me to a life-long passion for meditation. In the ensuing decades since then, meditation
has been a life-changing practice and an essential tool for me and I can now say that I truly appreciate how invaluable and
beneficial my own meditation practice has been, throughout my entire life.
It really doesn't seem like that long ago when I was a busy, young working Mom with my own successful business to run and
doing my best to take care of it, my staff and my clients, PLUS a husband, 2 kids, various pets, our home and of course, myself
each day. The bottom fell out of everything in 1987 when my husband lost his job and was out of work fortwo and a half years!
Needless to say, during that time and despite our very best efforts, we literally lost EVERYTHING and had to start all over again.
Helping to keep me sane and functioning in those very challenging days was focusing on my family and my business and having
a few precious minutes each day for some "quiet time for me" to meditate. That’s literally all I had time for, but it made such a
huge difference in my hectic, stressful life! I started noticing that I was calmer. I was better able to handle and respond to
challenging situations, rather than to react to them.
(Thankfully, we survived that experience and those challenging days are long behind me, and I wrote about my experiences
during that time in my book, "Awakening To The Wisdom Of Your Soul." You can read an excerpt of it HERE. ) And for the
next several years meditation became a practice I turned to, whenever I needed to relax and regroup.
Then four years ago while vacationing in Bali, I took a hard fall on a wet marble floor and hurt myself pretty badly. I was given
antibiotics, which triggered a dormant autoimmune issue I didn't even know I had. After a long and painful year of extremely
slow healing using traditional medical protocols, I realized that if I was ever going to truly heal my body, I needed to make
some radical lifestyle changes, ones that involved making my own self-care my very highest priority. It included making physical
changes, dietary changes, emotional changes, mindset changes, and even having better stress management tools, which for
me meant making meditation part of my regular daily practice, rather than an irregular, "If I can find the time," practice.
It didn't take long before I started to see real and lasting healing and positive results from all of my efforts, most notably from
the time I spent in meditation. I was so much calmer and centered and better able to handle whatever life threw at me. I know
firsthand that meditation really CAN help to transform your life.
Helping Women On Their Meditation Journey
So as a direct result of that challenging experience and after being a life coach for many years, I decided to transition to being
a meditation coach/teacher. Now it is my great joy to help women get started on their own journey with meditation and I'm
honored to help YOU to get started, too! Contact me and let's set up a time to chat about starting your own life-changing practice.