Awaken your senses with meditation
I became interested in meditation a few years ago when I was feeling exhausted by the pace of life. I was running from one commitment to another and chasing one opportunity after another. I wanted a way to access peace in the midst of the chaos. At first, I tried meditating in group sessions at yoga retreats. Later, I made time to meditate at home with the help of spiritual teachers like Deepak Chopra and Pema Chodron. I learned breathing techniques, practiced chanting and discovered the benefit of rest by being in a quiet, mindful space. However, I didn’t find inner peace until I began activating my sense of imagination.
My naturopath suggested that I try surrendering to my senses by allowing my senses to take me on a meditation journey far deeper than my present state of mind. As it turns out, that’s exactly what I needed to do.
Awakening your senses
With the help of my naturopath, I learned that a truly meditative experience involves the activation of your senses. In other words, meditation is a sensual experience. Some people use visualization techniques. Others find connection through the sound of music, the scent of a flower or in the words of poetry. When the rhythmic flow of your breath meets the rhythm of your senses, your spirit self moves into a different sense of time and space, deepening your relationship to life.
A personal experience
I’d like to share a story with you about my first guided meditation with my naturopath. It was powerful and still holds incredible meaning in my life.
I began the meditation with the visual of a bubbling spring at the bottom of my right foot. Then, I visualized the water from the spring flowing up my inner leg, through my groin, ovaries, lungs and heart. As the water reached the top of my head, I felt it fall down my back slowly, flowing through every part of me. My naturopath asked me where the water was pooling. I sensed it pooling in my belly, near my uterus. My naturopath guided me to visualize the pool of water as a lake. I saw a lake surrounded by majestic mountains. Then, I saw a young girl. She looked to be about 10 years old, wearing native traditional clothing. She joined me at the edge of the lake. I could only see one of her eyes. She resembled a picture that my daughter drew for me several years ago. I looked into the lake and saw my reflection. It spoke to me as clearly as if God was speaking to me. “All of what you create and bring forth in the world – your thoughts, your ideas, your children, your books – are offerings of love. You bring each one to life to nurture with love and to set free. With love, your creations will find their own path and purpose.”
When I awoke from this moment by the lake, and opened my eyes to the present, I realized that I had accessed a place within myself that was divine and sacred. In that deeper space of consciousness, I found my knowing. In my wisdom, I found inner peace.
Meditation as a teacher
I think the most significant thing I have learned about meditation is the power of your senses to guide your breath and replenish your source of loving energy. With every inhale, you take in the energy and rhythms of life and with every exhale, you release control. I refer to this meditation technique as soul replenishment.
As an offering, I have recorded a guided meditation for you on Insight Timer. If you want to try it, you can access it here. If you like it, please follow along with me on Insight! I will be offering more complimentary guided meditations in the near future and, if you follow my account, you will receive a notification when new offerings are available.
Meditation is an invitation to surrender to your spirit and journey through the landscape of your inner self. You awaken your senses, explore new depths of experience and create a deeper connection to the natural world. This is the journey to authenticity and well-being.
Thank you for being here. Next time, we’ll explore curiosity.
Let’s journey together.