During my junior and senior years of high school, I was really seeking. In a small town at my parents house, I spent a lot of time studying spiritual texts. The Christian religion I was raised in never fully resonated with me. I had to search elsewhere. In my heart, I wanted to connect with a higher power, but I didn't know where or how...
I began looking into Buddhism, Hinduism and even Witchcraft. These belief systems made some sense to me. They discussed the importance of establishing a relationship not just with a higher power, but with your higher self. To do this, experts recommended a meditation practice. My books told me to start with 3 minutes and build up from there. I learned it's better to do 3 minutes every day than 1 hour twice a week.
So at age 16, I tried meditation for the first time. I put a pillow on my bedroom floor and set my dad's kitchen timer for 3 minutes. Let me tell you, those were the longest 3 minutes of my life. But I followed through. And I felt a little more relaxed and connected to myself. It was enough to keep going.
From there, I continued doing my 3-minute meditations and slowly increased to 5, then 10 and 20 minute sessions. The longer I stuck with it, the easier it got. Over time, I noticed I was less anxious and more present. Ultimately, I felt a connection to my higher self and a higher power which was what I had been longing for. This changed everything for the better.
Keep in mind that meditation is a lot like dating. There are endless options, and you have to try a few different styles before you know what you like. But once you find the right one, you'll fall deeply in love. You'll cultivate the most profound and important relationship of your life. The relationship you have with yourself!
Here's a super easy meditation you can do at home:
1.) Find a comfortable seated position. Keep your spine nice and tall and close your eyes.
2.) Bring your thumb and pointer finger together in Gyan Mudra. Let the tops of your hands rest on your lap.
3.) As you inhale, think the sound "Sat". It ryhmes with "hut". This means "I am".
4.) As you exhale, think the sound "Nam". It ryhmes with "Tom". This means "truth".
Continue for 3, 5 or 11 minutes.
Try this out and let me know how it goes. I'm doing my best to post more yoga and meditation videos on Instagram. So come find me over there: @gretaertl
Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm here to support you on your spiritual journey.