We all know how important meditating is to our mindbody health. Scientists have demonstrated unequivocally that a regular daily practice of meditating reduces stress and improves our wellbeing, as does exercise and movement. Yet knowing that, what interferes or stops us from doing what we know is good for us? Is it a lack of will power, discipline, or self-love?
I haven’t always been disciplined. I’ve meditated for years and then I just stop – is it laziness or something deeper, that I don’t value the practice or myself? One reason I stopped after a year-long daily one hour practice, I feared the power that was being unleashed in me. And yet, seeing those youngsters from Parkland High School expressing their power and intention to put an end to gun violence, I knew it was time that I embraced my own inner power again, not fear it. Tonight my urge to meditate was super strong and I listened. I yearned to light candles and be really present with my self.
It’s been a long time since I lit candles all around my house, without having company being the reason for changing the atmosphere. I sat, closed my eyes and breathed. I knew all the instructions, to feel my body touching the chair, feel my breath and as I did so there was the moment of realization. Meditating isn’t only about quieting our mind, it’s a way to tune our cells.
Know that your body, is made of trillions of cells, trillions of invisible energy carriers of life that hold us, keep us alive and do our bidding, an obvious question, then is how can weremember to care for them, love them.
For years I have taught people how to get in touch with their cells, to communicate with them. But only one time, years ago, did I actually “hear” my cells “speaking” to me. Tonight they didn’t “speak” to me, yet I felt in deep communion with them as I told them how very grateful I am for all they do for me. I felt it. Isn’t that enough for a first step in connecting and befriending our cells, being grateful? This is what I communicated-
Light a candle or two. Find a quiet safe place to do this practice. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Feel where your body touches the chair and floor. Breathe naturally and become aware of where you feel the movement of your breath. Feel where your breath comes into your nose and leaves. Feel your chest moving as you breathe. Feel the breath coming into your belly. Tune in to all the places where you feel yourself breathing. Breathe into the embrace of all your cells. Know that trillions of your cells are making that possible. As you continue this practice, communicate silently to your cells and feel what you are saying. That is where the power is.
Feeling gratitude for my cells brought me deeper into meditation and the sacredness of my life. When we are able to discover the truth of our bodies, the sacredness of our cells and self, we discover that we each are a sanctuary for life.
We can discover the deep love within us, regardless of what’s happening outside. When we consider that these trillions of invisible beings care for us, tend to our needs around the clock, can that inspire us to care for them. Our choices in life are self-care. And as we tap into feeling grateful for our bodies, our cells, our self, we fall in love from the inside out.
“Taking refuge in your body is self-care with a spiritual twist that recognizes we cannot become enlightened without our body.” Cyndi Lee
This simple practice reminded me of the Hawaiian healing prayer called HO’OPONOPONO. It is a process you do with yourself. Here’s a link to more information on this amazing practice. It is short and the words you say to yourself: I’m sorry, Please forgive me, thank you, I love you.
To connect with your cells when you meditate, exercise in the gym, walk in nature, breathe, fall in love.