Synchronicities I’ve experienced lately regarding the importance of meditation

I have noticed, over the years, that I will occasionally and suddenly be deluged with “signs” and reminders that I should focus on some specific important lesson in my life. It doesn’t matter to me whether one wants to believe these synchronicities are signs from God, the universe, whatever you prefer to call your higher power that connects all of creation, or even simply some power inside yourself that guides your choices. Whatever one might call them, it is clear to me that something is allowing me to notice and pay attention to a message that I still need to learn. For example, a couple of years ago, I started hearing about the book, “The Body Keeps the Score,” and how I should read it. Within a period of a few weeks, literally 5 different people from different facets of my life told me that I MUST read this book. Until I finally did. And they were right. I’ll talk about that book in another post.

Well, lately, the synchronicities I’m experiencing are pointing to meditation and mindfulness.

Earlier this week, I recorded a life advice video (on my website) on mindfulness and meditation, and the importance of quieting the mind, after a former student of mine had asked me to talk about my thoughts on meditation. I wrote: 

“Meditation is a time and space to pause from the crazy going on in your head, and take a step back from what your ego is currently convincing you is important, and breathe, and quiet your mind and be still.”

And then, just two days later, for a class in my Narrative Writing Program (it’s a BU class for faculty working on improving their narrative writing skills), the assignment was to read a chapter in the book, Bird by Bird – 

“If you only have your rational mind to guide you, and you are having a bad day, then you will crash and burn within half an hour. You get confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself. You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind. The rational mind doesn’t nourish you. So try to get quiet, calm down, breathe, and listen. If you stop trying to control your rational mind so much, you will have intuitive hunches about how to move forward. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Some of us tend to think that what we do and say and decide and write are cosmically important things. But they’re not.” Tune out the noise in your head and just breathe.

And then the next day in therapy, my therapist asked me what my plan was for the year…my answer was to continue cultivating my authentic self, and that included embracing my darkness, and also focusing on self-compassion, but most importantly, cultivating calm and stillness in my life. Stop doing. Focus on being. Slow down. Breathe. Quiet my mind.

And then, later that day, I sat down to read the next chapter of Burning Woman, the book that I wrote about in my last two posts, and the chapter was ALL ABOUT entering the Feminine Darkness and quieting the mind. 

“Going dark is an important regular practice for Burning Women. It serves to disconnect us from the outer world, from the racing, chattering mind and incessant doing, and reconnect with self/Source. We fully recharge and revitalize when we allow ourselves to go dark. 

But be warned, sister: in the darkness, the mind is not our friend. 

The first way to find ease in the dark is to quiet the mind, perhaps through breathing techniques or mindfulness practice. In the light, we believe we are our thoughts. In the dark, we learn that we have the choice to listen to and believe our thoughts. We learn that they are a river running over the top of a deep dark chasm of being. We are not the river. We do not control the river. It takes consistent practice and unlearning.”

I found it so striking that within just a few days, I kept receiving so many reminders and validation that meditation and quieting the mind and focusing on being still was key. And so, that is my focus right now. Every day, I am carving out time to quiet my mind and be still. Yoga is one of my favorite ways to do that, these days. But not just any yoga, a special type of yoga that I will talk about soon.

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