Wellness, for me, is a holistic term that not only speaks of your physical health but encompasses your mental, spiritual and emotional components of your life, too. I know this to be true both for myself and others simply from having conversations with friends, colleagues and clients where they are physically in great shape but still something is missing that leaves them feeling unable to say they feel truly well. Have you ever had that moment where all things in your life are humming along but that niggling feeling that something is missing still lingers on the edge of your consciousness? I certainly know I have. Enter: meditation.
It's a buzz term these days and you'll find lots more people talking about it in your social circles and online than ever before. My meditation journey is quite unique, like most people's really. I'd turned 23 and just got back from an amazing two month holiday in Europe. My life was humming along nicely and I was feeling great but I couldn't ignore that feeling that somehow, this wasn't everything. There was such an expanse of 'more' that I knew it was possible to feel that I'd been searching for, but I couldn't seem to grasp it, even though I was feeling the best I had ever felt in my life up to that point. I followed an intuitive pull that had been growing for some time and decided to Google meditation teachers in Perth. After sifting through a page of results where nothing jumped out at me, I came upon my meditation teacher's link and got in touch with him. Turns out, it was one of the best things I've ever done for myself.
If you speak to my family they'll confirm for you that I've occasionally said that "meditation is the balm to my soul" because that's how I truly feel about it. All that reactivity, that turbulent energy, that thinking and analysis becomes very settled when practicing meditation on a daily basis. I've tried many times to think about how best to explain to someone not familiar with it exactly how it feels when meditation is part of your daily life but it's honestly quite difficult to encompass and also, it's best experienced first hand. As soon as we try to describe our meditation experience to others it can get a bit iffy, because meditation is not about having things be a certain way or angling for a specific feeling. It's the exact opposite, in fact! One thing I will say though, is that the grounded, present feeling of infinite wellbeing that accompanies a daily meditation practice is second to no other wellness practice I've encountered. I'd even go so far as to say that it's better than all the others combined, but that's simply my personal opinion.
If you're wanting to experience a feeling of true wellness in your life, where you can almost tangibly feel every cell in your body humming with warmth, vitality and wellbeing, I'd encourage you to seek out and learn some meditation practices. There are so many out there and it's really up to you to find the type and teacher that works for you. Trust your intuition to lead you to the right practice for you.
What's your experience with meditation? What are some of the challenges you've faced in getting a daily practice happening? I'd love to connect with you in the comments about one of my favourite wellness topics.