We recorded a video for those who have never meditated before. When I think back to the first time I meditated, I remember being curious, excited and a little scared.
My cousin Gareth had just completed a Transcendental Meditation course and decided to teach his sister and I the techniques that he had paid a couple of thousand dollars to learn.
In this same spirit, I have been passing on the benefits of meditation ever since. There is nothing wrong with people charging money to teach meditation, as it is a valuable and effective tool that is best passed on my a skilled teacher. Having said that I believe that meditation is an intrinsic part of being a human being and I want to get rid of any barrier to entry for those who are interested in learning how to become better friends with their minds.
Because in its essence, meditation is just that. It is a tool to help us become more compassionate to ourselves and our emotions.
Meditation is especially helpful for sensitive souls like me who are sometimes overwhelmed by the harsh realities of the world. But the funny thing is that meditation is not an escape from the world, to the contrary, it gives me the strength and inner resilience to accept the world the way it is and shows me what to do in order to help facilitate the changes I want to see to make things better for myself and my community.
There are thousands of articles online about the benefits of meditation. Here is a good one for you to have a look at from Headspace, which offers hundreds of fabulous meditations for free.
The truth is that reading about meditation will probably not help you much, you have to give it a try in order to see if it will be a tool that you want to add to your mental health tool kit.
Just try this short meditation once and let me know what you think.
I'm hoping that it will be the first of many.