The Language of God

Photo by:  Walter Babinski, My American Husband
Photo by: Walter Babinski, My American Husband

“Silence is the language of God.  All else is poor translation.”  Rumi

If I could point to one single thing that has been my greatest guide, teacher, healer and solace in the past few years it would be developing a meditation practice.  For quite some time I had read about the benefits of meditation to overall physical and mental health and would think to myself “gosh I should really learn how to do that.”  Somehow it seemed like it must be really difficult.  Shouldn’t I have a guru?  And sitting in that lotus position for more than 3 minutes made me dead from the waist down, legs completely asleep.

But then life happened and things got pretty intense.  I had struggled with minor anxiety for many years, occasionally having bouts of panic attacks, but had always been able to muscle through them without any medical intervention.  When things got real and I found myself in the throws of some pretty major PTSD I decided that I would give meditation a shot.   From what I had read meditation was shown to help cure all manner of ailments, like asthma, cancer, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, pain, insomnia, and praise the good Lord, anxiety.  Time to give this a try.  What did I have to lose?

I began reading about techniques and was soon adrift in a sea of terms I had never heard before.  Kundalini, chakra, blue pearl, third eye, etc.  It all sounded very foreign and scary to me.  I almost gave up before I started, but the panic attacks had begun to rule my life, so I persevered.  Happily, I found these things called Podcasts on iTunes and there were a whole bunch of free guided meditations to choose from.  I found a few I liked and began what has become a daily necessity for me.  Twice daily that is.

My tips for anyone wanting to start a meditation practice are pretty simple.  I even wrote a list for you.  Here they are.

1.  Start slowly.  5 – 10 minutes every morning listen to a nice guided meditation.  After you get comfortable with that you can increase the time to whatever length best suits you.  I do about 1/2 hour morning and night and that seems perfect for me.

2.  Sit or lay down or walk or do whatever feels best in your body.  I don’t do well sitting cross legged on a cushion because I end up spending the whole time concentrating on how uncomfortable I am.  So in the mornings I sit on my couch with a cushion at my back to keep my spine straight.  My hands rest in my lap.  In the evenings I lay in bed on my back with my hands on my hips.  Both positions allow me to just forget about my body and turn inward.

3.  Once you are getting the hang of things try switching it up from the guided meditation to some binaural beats, or simple meditation music.  I have a couple I like on my iPhone and they are 1/2 hour each, so I don’t have to worry about setting a timer.  Once you are comfortable with the process you may find that you don’t need to use anything anymore.  I now prefer silence for my meditations, but sometimes I will listen to the IAM Wishes Fulfilled Meditation by Dr. Wayne Dyer and James F. Twyman.  The binaural beats are subtle and the music is very soothing.

4.  Follow your breath.  Focusing on your intake and exhale allows you to centre yourself and not be carried along by your thoughts.  Personally, I have never had my thoughts stop completely, but now when I realize I have jumped on a train of thought I just gently move my focus back to my breath and let that train carry on without me on board.

5.  Be kind to yourself.  It is a learning process and there is no right or wrong to it.  Some days I never get past the monkey mind and other days I get a glimpse of that perfect, beautiful stillness that is always there waiting for me in the space between my thoughts.  That is what makes it all worthwhile.

I began to meditate specifically to help heal from a trauma.  I continue to meditate because during the silence and stillness I can finally sense that I am so much more than this human existence.  Where prayer is talking to God, meditation is listening.  I have moments when I feel the oneness of all that is and am filled with a bliss words can’t describe.  Those are the magic moments.  Those are the glimpse of eternity.

Meditation has taken away my panic attacks completely, and the added benefits to my health and physical, emotional and spiritual well being are endless.  I have much less stress.  I very rarely feel ill or get colds, flu, or bugs that are going around.  My immune system feels stellar most of the time.  Plus I sleep like a baby, which is something new for me, too.

If you haven’t tried meditating yet, I highly recommend you do.  You never know… It may just change your whole life like it did for me.

44 thoughts on “The Language of God”

  1. First of all thanks for following me at faithsighandiy. I’ve been a practicing “meditator” for many years. However, I would add one other tip. When I am through meditating, I come out of it slowly and with reverence. I just don’t pop up and jump back into the mainstream of my life. God bless and thank you again.

  2. Brenda I love this post! Thanks for breaking own the steps for newbies. I like that you shared about guided meditations and that for some people walking or laying down is better for them. No wrong ways to meditate! For me it is sometimes my daily walk, or my yoga practice or weeding the garden. I’m so glad your anxiety lifted- isn’t it amazing how retraining your brain brings peace and calm? Way to persevere! Peace be with you.

  3. I feel the same way about meditation and came to it with the same trepidation but slowly slowly it allowed me in. Some days it feels great some days a little rocky. Nature helps me find that bliss and freedom too. Thanks for liking walkwithjoy. Makes a big difference.

  4. A very helpful and informative article. I really did think you had to sit in one of those awkward positions, and since I’ve had enough physical injuries in my life to make that an impossibility, I just thought Meditation was not for me. Now that I know I’m not excluded, I’ll have to give it a try. Thank-you.

  5. Reblogged this on This Is Who I AM and commented:
    Meditation is one of the most priceless of Sacred Practices and Metaphysical Methods for connecting more deeply with the Divine. One of my newest blog followers wrote this post, and I AM happily reblogging it. Thank you. Robert Alvarez, the Psychic Witch.

  6. Brenda Ann, thank you for following my blog, and thank you for writing this post.

    Interestingly enough, I have been actively Meditating for several years now, and often feel that I do not Meditate enough. Go figure.

    On average, I engage in Meditation for one hour a day, usually in the morning, but sometimes morning, as well as evening.

    Nonetheless, this blog post is an excellent guideline for anyone, regardless of his or her level of Meditation Practice.

    And yes, I AM reblogging it!

  7. An inspiring reminder of the peace afforded by focus on tranquil Oneness. The simple thought of the beauty of British Columbia sloths me. Thank you, I’m enjoying your soulful writings.

    Tio Stib

  8. Just wanted to say how I appreciate the likes you have given a number of my Self-help Health blog posts. I always appreciate when someone takes the time to do that, plus it helps me find out what they’re up to. Really nice post you have here on meditating. Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts on the subject.

  9. Synchronicity – this morning as I was sitting, it came to me that it is a blessing I can share with others too. You were very fortunate to develop your practice on your own. Meditation is a perfect book-end for our days. Love the way you presented it.

  10. Heartfelt gratitude for sharing Brenda <3 AND for serving your purpose in helping others. Your post is exactly what I needed to read to inspire my own soul-FULL nourishment. Namaste ☆ƸӜƷ•❥•❥Love & Hugs•❥•❥ƸӜƷ☆

    1. Hi David! So nice to see you here in my blog world 😉 Yes this is where I blog (sometimes daily, and sometimes not as frequently, but I try). Thanks for the share and for your support. It means so much to me! Brother Sun watches me as I write. He is a great inspiration <3

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