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Be Still: Why do that? Updated

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Meditation-Om. The sound of the word can create images of monks sitting crossed legged chanting words you don’t understand.  Or maybe people in flowing robes espousing words of universal love.  Forget your preconceived ideas of what you may think meditation is and focus on the results of regular practice. Take a moment to imagine a day that starts out peaceful and clear and well executed. Silence is a way to add to your spiritual bank account. Peace of mind, clarity and focus are some of the results of regular meditation.

Meditation is the process of letting go of the thoughts in your mind so you can release and recharge. Meditation for me is the process of going inside to reconnect with myself. It allows me to let go. I have become more clear and focused and that allows me to make better choices.When meditation was first suggested to me it didn’t make sense.  Being still?  Are you kidding? What could I learn from silence? I was a talker. Who would I talk to? I enjoyed thought provoking conversations.  I didn’t get it at all. My connection with my inner spirit was probably there but it was temporarily disconnected due to lack of funds.  At 30 I had not learned that the currency required for my spiritual bank account was in the form of being still. I was being proactive by seeking out information from sources like people, books and classes.  I was not interested at all in being still.  Stillness didn’t seem like a way to learn anything.

In 1995 I started dabbling with meditation a few times a week.  I didn’t want to commit to the practice.  I was afraid to be still. I was afraid of what I might find out about myself. Quiet Barbara scared me. I started meditating very slowly and with hesitation. I was still not convinced I would really benefit from silence. It took several years before I decided to create a daily spiritual practice that included some form of meditation.  I used a guided cassette daily in the morning and learned to be still.  When I decided to embrace meditation as a natural process for growth and development I began to understand the power of silence. I saw myself grow like a newly watered flower.

Now, I won’t leave my house without my meditation time. If I am running late, I will be 5 minutes later.  Meditation recharges my internal batteries. Every day I sit and I close my eyes,
I breathe in and out and I sit in complete silence. In the stillness I have a reverence and an appreciation for my life.  I give thanks to The Creator for all people and experiences I have had and the ones I will create.  In the five to ten minutes of complete silence I allow my thoughts to do what they will, sometimes they tell me what I need to do, sometimes not. I allow my meditation time to develop as it will. It is because of the silence and not always in the silence I gain clarity.

My daily meditation practice reminds me that I have a lot more to learn about myself and life.  I have learned that I need to be still to get clear so I can choose well. After meditating my spiritual bank account is full and I am ready to create the day I want. Be Still: Yes, I must do that.

If you’ve ever wanted to try to be still or meditate, come enjoy an hour of breath work, meditations, and conversations designed to help you relax, recharge and replenish your spirit. I will be leading a meditation group at Juiceez & Etc.  20 Jackson Street SE Atlanta, GA 30312

Meditations & Conversations

Dates: 4/26, 5/24, 6/28, 7/26, 8/23, 9/27, 10/25, 11/22

Time: 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm  Registration
2:15 pm – 3:15pm  Meditation
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Conversations

Cost:  $10

Click here for my audio program, Be Still: Learn to Meditate in 10 Minutes a Day.

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    barbarafaison May 2nd, 2015 23:35

    Karen,
    Thanks for your kind words and inspiration.

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    Karen McMillan Apr 22nd, 2015 6:56

    Barbara,
    YES for this post. YES! for sharing you teachings. Meditation is not well-understood by many and being still can be a challenge. I remember when I first discovered your audios and how soothing and helpful they were in my practice. I encourage all who can to join you in this class – for this incredible price. Thank you for being you, and sharing your gifts. Namaste’

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    barbarafaison Apr 21st, 2015 17:13

    Deirdre,

    Thanks for your comments. Yes, being “with myself” initially was very odd. Thank goodness I stuck with it and now I truly receive the benefits of a regular appts with me. I so enjoy my own company.

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    Deirdre Apr 21st, 2015 11:02

    I don’t think that many people always get the benefits of meditation. Furthermore, there are plenty of people out there that have tried to meditate but continue to be frustrated because they are convinced that they “don’t know how to meditate”.

    Getting quiet and being with themselves (and only themselves) is, for a lot of people, not something that they want to experience.

    Having said all that, your monthly class could really be something that helps people to meditate and get to know themselves better by being with quiet.

    AND- people could really benefit so much from the conversation that takes place AFTER they meditate!

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