I began a regular practice of meditation back in 1999 when I was studying healing at The College of Psychic Studies in London. One day during class an amazing thing happened.
I remember we were learning how to send distant healing. We were sitting in a circle doing a quick preparation meditation, when suddenly I was transported to a beautiful place. I wasn’t using my imagination to make it happen – the beautiful place just appeared and opened up to me. I was part of it. I was going with the flow.
It felt like I was in a waking dream, rather like becoming Alice in Wonderland or Dorothea on her way to Oz!
I was in a magical place in between worlds – I wasn’t in my body but my body was acting like an anchor to the material world. One part of me was in ‘reality’ and another part of me was off on an adventure to another realm.
I knew I was meditating and I could come back at any time but I also didn’t feel any part of my body, at all. There was no fear, just a feeling of pure joy and peace.
It’s funny because I don’t remember exactly what that magical place looked like (although I believe there was a bench in a beautiful garden). But I can still remember the feelings of my first time being there. A sense of awe for the beauty, wonder and excitement that I was experiencing.
It felt as if I had been whisked out of my body to experience some spectacular place out of this world and then afterwards popped back into my shell. It blew me away and rocked my world!
After class I felt a sense of more clarity, and an indescribable feeling of being more connected in some way.
I walked out of college that night with a spring in my step. I felt happier and lighter.
So that was it. That was the moment I became hooked on meditation. Naturally, I wanted to experience those feelings over and over again.
Over the years I’ve explored various forms of meditation such as observing my breath, reciting mantras and I’ve simply focused on a candle flame. No matter what meditation technique I’ve used, and in the thousands of meditations I’ve done so far, I’ve always come away feeling so much better for it.
I could create a very long list of the many ways in which meditation has helped me. But I thought I would share just a few with you now:
Meditation has helped me to let go of negative situations.
It has helped me to relax and de-stress
I’ve used it to help my body heal during times of illness.
It has helped me to remain positive when faced with challenges.
I’ve found solutions to problems by meditating – it gets me out of my head and helps me to see things from a different perspective.
I’m sure it plays a part in my healthy low blood pressure!
I began having panic attacks when I experienced domestic violence. Meditation helped me to stop those panic attacks before they could overwhelm me.
If I meditate in the morning it sets up a balanced energy for the rest of my day. It feels fabulous and life seems to flow easier.
And most of the time, I just love going on a magical journey, escaping to a beautiful place. I don’t even have to pack a suitcase!
And yes, I do still have those ‘out of body’ experiences I had in the beginning. YAY!
I’m sure you’ve heard of the term to be “away with the fairies”, well, if you can’t reach me, then that’s exactly where I’ll be, enjoying the magical realms where time on earth stands still.
I would love to hear your experiences with meditation. So come on, tell me your story below…