I started practicing meditation about eight years ago. I chronicled my meditation journey in a recent post entitled ‘Owning the Om’. In my post I described the beginnings of my journey and my current ‘living meditation’ practice which, over the past year or so, has taken the place of quiet meditation in the early mornings. This on-the-fly practice has worked very well for my busy life and I have been comfortable placing a check mark beside ‘Meditation’ on my virtual to-do list.
Since the New Year dawned two weeks ago, however, I have been feeling disconnected from myself and began to feel the call toward a deeper, quieter and more mindful mediation practice. It seemed that the ‘living meditation’ was not really giving me what I was needing anymore and the quiet, reflective, early morning connection-to-self was beckoning.
I got up at 5:00 this morning to kick my ‘new’ meditation practice back into gear. After successfully launching myself back into an exercise regimen yesterday I had tons of energy and awakened even before the alarm went off this morning in the winter darkness. I decided that I would begin with a 30 minute session and as I set my timer I was surprised to realize that I was feeling intimidated by that much time to just sit and ‘do nothing’. I wondered, being a year or so out of practice, if I could actually sit alone for that length of time in the pitch dark.
Well, meditating must be like riding a bike because I had absolutely no trouble and had a wonderful and relaxing meditation. I was so deep into the meditation that when my silent timer went off it actually startled me back into consciousness. I took that as a very good sign. I have not only fallen easily back into meditation but have also felt more deeply connected, blissful and grounded today than I have in a very long time.
This blissful feeling prompted me to dig into my old YouTube playlists to watch ‘What the Bleep Do We Know!?: Down the Rabbit Hole’ while working in the kitchen this afternoon. What the Bleep is a quirky 2006 docudrama that explains the link between quantum mechanics, neurobiology, human consciousness and day-to-day reality. Every single time I watch it I am absolutely enthralled and completely rejuvenated by the concept that we shape our own reality with our thoughts. And, it reminded me how important my daily meditation practice really is…if I am creating my own life, why not do it mindfully?
I decided that I just had to share this quirky movie and the feeling of connection, magic, science, wonder and love I felt this afternoon while I watched it. You will find ‘What the Bleep’ on YouTube (I have included the link at the bottom of the post- just click on the image).
Enjoy your trip down the rabbit hole!