For my first blog, I wanted to write about something I’m incredibly passionate about and that has been instrumental in improving the quality of my life over the last 18 months. That something is mediation and to be more specific - Woo Myung's Korean Mind Meditation.
For the last 10 years I’ve practiced Mindfulness. I've joined many of Oprah and Deepak Chopra 21 Day Meditation Challenges which incorporate Primordial Sound Meditation, which I'd recommend as a great place to start. I've used Louise Hay's Affirmation Meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reductions that use body scanning and breath awareness. In fact I've tried countless types of guided meditation but my attention span was always short and I’d quickly move from one thing to the next.
After moving back to Wimbledon in 2015, fate stepped in and I was handed a flier for a local meditation centre, offering free introductory seminars and so I went that very evening; what can I say it's changed my life and I haven't looked back since.
One of the biggest obstacles in reaching enlightenment and becoming Truth is the complexity of the mind. This meditation keeps things simple, it explains that our mind is an accumulation of pictures stored within one's mind and body. A gathering of past experiences recorded through the body's senses which mould our thoughts and reactions and is not who we truly are.
The meditation follows a 7 level step-by step process called the subtraction method, which allows you to reflect on your life and empty your mind of all the accumulated thoughts you've gathered so you can let go of pain, burden and stress. On enlightening to level 7 you will know and become Truth and understand some the fundamental questions of life:
Who am I? Where do I come from? Where do I go when I die? Why do I live? What happens to me when I die?
As a result of my dedicated practice, which is usually in the region of 8-10 hours per week. I am less anxious and stressed and infinitely more centred, happier and more tolerant. It’s raised my self awareness and I feel more confident and creative than I have done in a long time.
Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a commitment and a journey and at times a painful one. When you look back over your life, you sometimes have to face things you don’t want to acknowledge. At times you have uncontrollable thoughts whirling around your brain, weighing on you so heavily you can hardly breathe but the results are remarkable.
I certainly not perfect but I am a better version of me from doing this meditation and my friends and family bear testament to that.
So go on, explore, there really is a meditation type for everyone, let it form part of your healthy habits and I'm sure you'll see the positive results roll in.