Intuition 101: Meditation and Stillness for Busy People!
Updated: June 4, 2010
When is the last time you took time to really be still, perhaps through meditation or conscious breathing?
With so much going on in our lives, it’s beyond tough to find time to be still and connect to the All That Is. Between hectic work schedules and endless to-do lists, many of us barely have a chance to come up for air. Sure, you want to make time to be still and meditate, but it just gets lost in the shuffle and before you know it, it’s bedtime and you’re too exhausted. We’ve all had this experience of resolving to find the time to meditate, but then it just keeps moving down the priority list. So, take a deep breath and keep reading. Today I’m going to help you get on the road to more stillness without missing out on your to-dos.
Stillness is one of the most powerful keys to tap into your intuition and experience more calm and happiness. By moving beyond your busy ego mind and finding that peaceful place within your consciousness, you connect with the All That Is. As I talk about extensively in Remembering the Future, stillness is where you hear your intuition, which is always waiting to share messages and wisdom. Without taking time each day for stillness, our minds become chatterboxes and we lose ourselves in our busy lives. It’s then far more difficult to distinguish the difference between intuition and wishful thinking.
While there are many ways to experience more stillness, I’ve found that meditation is one of the most effective. With meditation, you experience a clear conscious connection with the Divine and your intuition. Beyond these important connections, meditation has also been shown to help people experience more happiness and better health. If you say you have no time to meditation, remember this: meditation actually gives you more time by helping your mind get calmer and more focused and inspired. When you begin your day with a clear connection to the Divine, your hectic schedule and life’s little hiccups are far more manageable.
I know meditating can be difficult. When I first meditated, I felt uncomfortable and awkward. However, once I found the forms of meditation that worked best for me, I noticed an immediate stillness and calm. I also noticed that meditation helped me better access my intuition and use my gift to help others. The more I practiced, the better I became at cultivating stillness and trust in the Divine’s plan, even in the midst of stressful and busy days. My mind also became far less chaotic. And I’ve always had a busy mind that just loves to think and analyze. So, if I’m able to practice meditation, I promise you can too!
So, how do you go about starting to meditate? First, make a commitment to yourself to meditate for at least 15 minutes each day over the next month. (Or, commit to a week if a month seems too overwhelming. I want to encourage you to just make a commitment to start somewhere.) If you need to, schedule it in your day. I recommend meditating either when you first wake up or sometime between 2-4pm since the mid afternoon is when our minds tend to start to chatter the most. I also like to meditate before bedtime releasing the internal noise from the day.
As I said, there are many forms of meditation. I recommend guided visualizations as they’re both effective and easy to use. For example, my Journey Through the Chakras CD has a guided visualization of each of the seven charkas and imagery and ocean sounds to help calm your mind and body.
Here is the 1st track from Journey Through The Chakras called Chakra 1. You can pick up the CD at our store.
Another way to meditate and find stillness is to slowly count your breath. This is another highly effective way to quiet the mind. In fact, the word spirit comes from the Latin word spirare, which means “to breathe.” So, when you count each inhalation and exhalation, you’re also acknowledging Spirit. I love to do this form of meditation when I’m surrounded by water, either in a pool or the bathtub. So tonight, draw yourself a bath, let your thoughts go, and focus on your breath.
Lastly, I’d love to encourage you to journal about your meditation experiences. Keep track of the days you meditated and the days you didn’t. Notice your feelings, thoughts, and experiences in each day especially noting how clear your intuition becomes. Always remember by stilling the mind, releasing your inner chatter without judgment, you become a vessel for deeper wisdom and greater happiness.
In service and love,