It’s been 3 months since I started meditation. I joined the meditation workshop and discovered the true meaning and value of silence and quieting the mind; I felt inspired and meditated every morning thereafter. After some days of meditating I realized that my desire was to change things in my life; suddenly one day while meditating I realized that I can change and that most of all I needed to be the change I wanted to see; since then I knew that my journey to change had started.
I felt more inspired and created a little shrine where I meditate; this is my sacred space where I connect with inner self; meditation became a part of my day-to-day living, like having to wash my face every morning.
At times it was hard and sometimes frustrating knowing that I had to instill a discipline; I continued to aspire, as somehow I knew that this was the inner strength I needed.
Many days of complete inner peace and joy followed after I meditated (it’s the kind of joy one can hardly explain). I felt that by meditating I had somehow discovered my true self again. Ongoing, my meditations taught me so much about myself, things I never knew about myself; meditation has taught me to take the time to really look deep within myself. I discovered that most of the issues I had been faced with were related to fear, which in turn had left me with feelings of anger and despair.
Day by day I continued to meditate, sometimes I even felt sad after meditating but I realized that it was not sadness but an inner joy that was slowly emerging because of my aspiration and feeling of gratitude towards what I had discovered. My fears started showing up every now and then through various situations and confrontations but unbelievably this time instead of turning away I faced them head on. I realized that through meditation I had developed an inner strength.
I realize now that we are all connected in this world, so whatever attitude I adopt to approach things in this world, it is exactly what I will get back.
I realize that to know oneself is to know God; meditation has become like a dear friend to me, like someone who never leaves you feeling empty or lonely. Meditation has taught me what the true value of life is; I have less desire for the material world since I realized the true value of inner peace; this is something no money can buy.
Discovering inner peace has led me to be a happier person:
❀ I have learned to complain less
❀ I have learned to appreciate and value good people in my life
❀ I have learned not to allow myself to be tortured by situations
❀ I have learned how special God is when one allows him to touch one’s life
❀ I have learned to see beauty in everything
❀ I have learned to adopt a calm approach to things and focus on my inner peace
❀ I have learned to give without expectation
❀ I have learned to lose bad habits by simply dropping them
❀ I have learned to treasure my new friends in my life (peace, joy, love, gratitude and light)
Special people have come into my life simply because of who I have become.
Meditation has transformed my life:
❀ I can be happy
❀ I can forgive
❀ I can love
❀ I can lend a hand
Meditation for me has no end; it is a divine way of living, learning and inspiring with gratitude and grace in this modern day and age.
Ian Forbes recently started meditating and lives in Cape Town.