How Meditation Helps You Be The Change You Want To See In The World

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My last post, “The Bigger Picture And Divine Plan – It’s Not What You Think It Is,” which is about the importance of fulfilling your higher purpose as well as the idea that you won’t consciously know what your individual, specific higher purpose is (and you certainly won’t be able to understand the bigger picture)–not until you have made it a practice of following through with your inner guidance daily and then seeing what happens over a period of time–generated a few comments from people thanking me for the reminder for them to make it a practice of meditating daily and listening to their higher guidance. (Whew! That was a lot to cover in one sentence!)

My friend Joshua Tilghman, who is the force behind The Spirit of the Scripture blog, wrote,

“Good post, Christine. I just wanted to add that the process can be sped up a little by living in the NOW and daily meditation.”

Another person shared that she wishes she could make daily meditation a habit, instead of doing it once or a couple times a month.

I agree that daily meditation is the place to begin. However, it is worth examining what your intention behind your daily meditation is. Is your intention behind meditation about receiving higher guidance for your daily life that you will then follow? Or is it because meditation is part of our pop culture now and a “spiritual” thing to do? Or is your intention something else altogether?

Most people have to learn to meditate, they have to learn to focus on hearing that inner guidance, that still, small voice within. Daily meditation (a deliberate and intentional connecting with your higher self / higher guidance) is often needed in order to overcome the very strong inertia and habit of ignoring our inner guidance. (I know this because before I made a conscious commitment over a decade ago to meditate and then follow through with my inner guidance consistently I ignored much of it. And then I noticed that what often happened is that I would feel regret or remorse that I had ignored it; I would regret not having followed through with my intuition in the moment, regret having ignored it or put it off due to simple procrastination or the habit of “remaining small.” And the reason I regretted it is that I realized I had lost some kind of an opportunity that would have given me and those around me joy, or else I got myself into some sort of trouble that made my life more complicated.)

So what did I do to overcome that powerful inertia? Besides making it a practice of meditating 10 to 15 minutes right before I went to sleep at night and right after I awakened (I did the heart and soul meditation described in a post I wrote early on in this blog), several times a day I stopped what I was doing (just for about 30 seconds to a minute) and focused on what I was feeling in my “sacred space” at the moment. What was my heart feeling? Was I feeling or sensing anything different in the center of my chest? Was there any guidance for me to follow at the moment? I had already by then made the commitment to follow through with my inner guidance and now was “checking in” with my higher self, learning to pay attention to subtle feelings, learning to anticipate guidance so that when it came, this time I’d be “on it,” this time I’d follow through. There would be no regrets.

Meditation does not have to be hard, you don’t need to be a “pro” at it, and you don’t need to do it the “right” way, i.e. sitting Indian style with fingers in the right place. It’s not about that at all, I discovered. I tried it the “traditional” way years before and it didn’t work for me and then I “meditated” in bed lying down, right before I fell asleep at night and a little when I woke up. That (and the strong desire to hear and follow through with my higher guidance) was all I needed to finally get things rolling, meaning, experiencing favorable, sometimes amazing synchronicities, new insights, new inspired actions, new connections, plenty of personal growth, as well as feelings of joy and expansion, regularly. In other words, you are being the change you want to see in the world. (Isn’t this why we meditate?)

When you hear the inner voice and you DON’T follow through, well that’s not helping you go forward at all, you’re just remaining stuck in the same old place.

Regarding “Living in the Now,” being connected to that divine part of you and following through with your guidance NOW (promptly, in the moment) is what “Living in the Now” is about. It’s about not worrying about the future because you know that by taking care of what there’s to take care of today you’re transforming your future and you’re being the change you want to see in the world.

What will you do today that will help you be the change you want to see in the world? Don’t put it off any longer!

 

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8 Comments

  1. Billy Brock said:

    Hello Christine, I like your article. I think you would enjoy the book “Be here now” by Baba Ramdas. Missing your beautiful smile.

    August 11, 2013
    • adminch said:

      Thanks Bill! Hope you’re having an awesome summer! See you and Jenny in the fall!
      Warm regards,
      Christine

      August 11, 2013
  2. Henry said:

    I am new to your blog Christine, and just wanted to thank you so much for it. Your concise writings on the importance of daily meditation and living in the now is simple and just right. Years ago when I was a searching adolescent, one of the first “spiritual” books I stumbled on was, in fact, “Be Here Now ” by Ram Dass. It is an unusual book with its atypical format, but had a huge influence–we’re talking 1971, and the book is still in print. At a quite young age as I moved into my 20’s, I found I had a gift for meditating–mostly lying on my back! But I regret that I failed to really focus on the light and energy and guidance provided by meditation by not having a regular practice. I am now meditating about 4-5 days a week, opening myself to that guidance, and have also taken courses in mindfulness, which include formal meditation practice with the goal of being in the present. Thank you for reminding me of what I need to do daily, and of the wonderful and free benefits provided by daily practice. I eagerly await your posts, but know (and know how) to do the daily work…one day at a time.

    Many thanks, Henry

    August 11, 2013
    • adminch said:

      Welcome Henry and thanks for commenting!

      You are the second person who recommended the book, “Be Here Now,” and I have not read it. I will put it on my reading list!

      Thanks for sharing your insights here, and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

      Many blessings,
      Christine

      August 12, 2013
  3. mary ann luini said:

    hi; just a question…i have been praying for others and myself, of course for years…i tried meditation and cannot go anywhere with it…

    August 11, 2013
    • adminch said:

      Hi Mary Ann,

      It took me a while before I got anywhere with meditation, too. For me, meditation was something I did to help connect me to that deeper part of myself so that I could hear my guidance better and follow through. I don’t actually meditate anymore, maybe just a few times a year now, as I am connected and feel connected and am getting guidance, every day, while I walk, drive, take a shower, during the course of my day. Without knowing the specifics of where you’re stuck, I can’t answer your question. But I’d recommend you read my article, “How To Pray So That Your Prayer Is Heard“.

      Many Blessings,
      Chrsitine

      August 12, 2013
  4. mary said:

    hi christine
    i have given the meditation thing away as i have much more luck when i am in my garden weeding or working, at least the constant chatter dies away when i am there.
    thank you for your input and reminders of the things that we always seem to forget.
    cheers mary

    August 12, 2013
    • adminch said:

      I’m with you, Mary. I began meditation over a dozen years ago to help connect me to that deeper part of myself so that I could hear my guidance better and follow through. Doing the “heart and soul” meditation regularly was a “shot in the arm” for that.

      But I don’t actually meditate anymore, haven’t regularly for years (maybe I meditate just a few times a year now) as I am connected and feel connected and am getting guidance, every day, while I walk, drive, take a shower, garden, etc. during the course of my day.

      Thanks for your comment!
      Cheers,
      Christine

      August 12, 2013

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