I love the moon and I always have. It is through the work of Stephanie Azaria that I became more conscious of moon cycles and how, along with my meditation practice, this awareness can support and inspire my everyday life.
You see, I am one of those people who believes we are spiritual beings having a human experience. What does that mean exactly? I like to think about it like the ocean. The ocean is always the ocean , however sometimes it’s perfectly calm, while other times it rages in a Nor’easter creating destruction. Most of time it’s somewhere in between, not unlike us. Yet, at the center is a peace, an all-knowingness. There is an order to it’s cycles. Could there be an order inside our own personal cycles and how might meditation help us become more aware of our own truth?
I have been meditating for over 10 years and believe that there is no wrong way to meditate. It is mostly about breath. Are you breathing right now? Can you deepen your breath? Can you focus on one word as you breathe?
Stop reading for a second and take 3 deep breaths. Seriously, take 3 deep breaths.
Can you now breathe normally aware of how your breath is moving into each and every cell while you continue reading?
This is meditation. There are, of course, many paths and disciplines that one can pursue with master teachers, however, I believe the breath is the core of all meditation and the breath is something everyone can become more aware of with very simple grounded techniques.
As I approach a big move this month - both my home and my office, these tools of breathing are crucial in managing stress and the many emotions that arise as I allow things to change in my life. When we can become better at letting things go, rather than holding on, we will have less stress and more joy. Meditation and breathing is our friend in this process.
If you would like to practice meditation in a group setting, please check out my various offerings at the YMCA Cape Cod, Ocean Edge Resort and Sounding Still Wellness.
Alicia Mathewson is a singer/songwriter, meditation guide and master energy healing practitioner of the Rising Star. She owns Sounding Still Wellness in Barnstable, MA and serves all ages through music lessons, meditation classes, private energy healing sessions and live recordings. Learn more at www.soundingstillwellness.com