Denis P. // February 28th, 2017
For many years I felt that something was missing in my life, and also that this wasn’t even really my life, but rather a movie I found myself in, with no control over the direction it was going. Then at one point, a thought popped up in my mind – there must be more to this.
That thought was present for a while, and then I met my partner who’d been doing Lightwork for a long time. I kept asking her about meditation. I had many questions, but was looking for the information from more of an intellectual point of view, so one day she told me, “You can find all the answers from within, and meditation will facilitate that.”
I took my first Lightwork class shortly after. She was right.
Darci R. // January 23rd, 2017
I used to think that freedom meant you could just fly where the wind takes you without a care in the world. I equated being free with not having any responsibilities.
I was under the impression that there was freedom and then there was reality. The two did not intermingle. Now, though meditation I have deepened my understanding of freedom and I recognize it as an internal state. It is not about external things.
Analytically I knew that even people in tough situations of abuse or poverty or war could be ‘free in their mind’. I’d heard stories of historical figures such as Gandhi or Mandela who overcame great oppression and maintained a level of freedom but I didn’t understand how this could apply to my own life.
Through meditation, I continue to learn what an internal state of freedom feels like. I experience deepening levels of freedom that come with self-responsibility and internal peace, all while living a seemingly normal day-to-day life.
I’ve learned I can choose freedom.
Julia W. // December 28th, 2016
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone who just sat down, closed their eyes, silenced their thoughts and began a deep, ongoing, daily meditation practice without any hiccups.
Typically when people first start meditating they fall asleep, drift off in a daydream, or begin to think through their worries.
You would think just closing your eyes and sitting quietly is all there is to it. But the mind is a powerful thing and it doesn’t automatically support your intention to meditate. That’s why Lightwork offers specific techniques that help you get into the groove.
Getting guidance from a meditation teacher can help you move beyond the mind’s objections to the quiet calm just beyond.
Taking a class also helps you address another common challenge: creating time in your busy schedule. When you commit to a class, you have a dedicated time every week to meditate, get instruction and ask questions. Plus you get to share the experience with other students, which can be so helpful.
If you’d like to make space in your life for meditation, check out Lightwork’s upcoming class schedule.
Jacqueline // November 21st, 2016
This post is based on a recent class taught by Scott Robinson
So we find ourselves in a time of great change. Perhaps great stress. Great intensity. But you need to know, the effects of the U.S. election do not need to determine how you feel inside. Or how your spiritual path unfolds.
If you choose to be conscious, you are in charge of your reality no matter what is going on around you. You can live in a state of brightness and freedom. But you have to choose it, otherwise you are at the mercy of external forces.
The Buddha lived during a period of intense political unrest and violence in India. Not only did he find his own personal transcendence during this time, but he created a practice that has helped countless others transcend; a practice that is still going strong 2000 years later.
Tibetan monks continued to choose consciousness and spiritual freedom even when Chinese invaders overwhelmed their country, killing untold numbers and destroying 6,000 monasteries.
And consider that Nelson Mandela emerged from 20 years of imprisonment and hard labour, a brighter, freer, more conscious being.
Human beings are powerful. You can create what you want to create. But a bright, conscious existence must be chosen. You won’t fall into it accidentally.
The great news is, the initial steps to taking charge of your reality are simple. As you go about your day-to-day existence, are you bringing light into the world? Or are you participating in darkness?
Participating in darkness can happen so easily. Like being competitive with a colleague at work. Taking out your frustrations on your spouse. Angry annoyance at someone on the bus. Judging someone who has a different view than you. Immersing yourself in news coverage that gets your blood boiling. Posting charged comments on social media.
If you are aware of some of your own dark behaviours right now, don’t freak out. Don’t judge yourself. Just start to make different choices.
Meditation really helps with this. It is a very real, very powerful way to bring lightness and consciousness into your life. It can help you through life’s ups and downs; even your darkest moments.
Now more than ever before, with so many global challenges facing us, it will be important for you – for everyone – to have a way to process stress and live in a state of light.
Whatever your way is, find it. Choose it.
Krista // October 30th, 2016
When I make time to meditate I am declaring to the world and myself that I am worth the time.
I deserve to be replenished.
I want to know myself more deeply, to live my truth and have more clarity of sight. When I close my eyes to meditate I am giving myself the opportunity to be more than I was before I closed them.
Children watch everything we do. They see our struggles and limitations; they see our joys and triumphs. They know, they observe, and much of the time, they become like us.
I want my children to see that I value myself. I want them to know there is more to life than being entertained, being busy, being smart, hip, cool, good…whatever it is we think we need to strive to be or do. Meditation is a space outside of all of that, a space where simply being is OK.
Having said this, I am not meditating for my children. I am meditating for me. I am meditating so I can get up in the middle of the night to soothe a cough and not begrudge anyone. I am meditating so when a child asks for more than I feel I can give, I can clearly see if it is time to dig deep, draw a line or find a creative solution.
Meditation soothes the edges when they become ragged or worn; when parenting pushes me to my max. It also helps me recognize how awesome parenting is, and lets me be present for the awesomeness rather than distracted.
Through meditation, I take care of me so I have more energy, patience and openness to be a mom.
Julia W. // September 13th, 2016
Meditation feels different on different days. Sometimes it is challenging to just sit still. Other days I just drop into it, a wonderful warmth spreads through my body and I have a deep-seated feeling of wellness. It feels wonderful. All my worries evaporate.
But I have learned not to be attached to any particular outcome or feeling when I meditate. It is a practice. Some days my mind settles easily and other days it does not. But I always appreciate the quiet time that I set aside for my meditation practice. It is a gift to myself.
Julia T. // July 25th, 2016
The great thing about meditation is that it is a proactive thing you can do when stress starts to creep in.
What was once just “stress” has become a chance for me to learn more about myself. Now when I feel stressed, I ask myself what is at the root cause, and I meditate to release it. It works!
Meditation has not erased stress from my life completely. Even on days when I have long meditations, occasionally I can still be found fretting over some tiny detail, and forgetting to stop and smell the roses. So although I can safely say I am not immune to stress, meditation has definitely decreased my daily stress dramatically.
Instead of feeling like a victim, I’m in charge.
Darci R. // June 15th, 2016
As a nurse, helping patients through loss and grief is essential to my job. Becoming more neutral with the losses I’ve experienced in my own life has allowed me to assist others with theirs.
Meditation has allowed me to release my own grief in a simple and clean way, without drama. This has allowed me to grow; to evolve personally and professionally.
So I can really say my meditation practice helps me do my job effectively.
I can be there for others in their most challenging times. I can be more present and supportive because I’m not carrying the weight of my own losses around with me.
This is just one way meditation is a lifesaver.
Denis P. // May 10th, 2016
I grew up watching a lot of TV. I’d watch anything that was on – from the news and documentaries, to cartoons and movies. TV was the focal point of our family and we spent pretty much all of our time together just staring at the screen.
There was very little, if any, restriction from my parents on what I was allowed to watch or how much time I spent watching. They thought it was great I showed interest in world news and nature shows.
When I first started meditating, I still watched TV regularly. But then with time, the more I meditated, the more I realized that TV (and all other media) are just a distraction.
Meditation has helped me bring my focus back to what is really important: me.
Julia W. // April 12th, 2016
A few years ago I moved from a full-time salaried job to being self-employed. This shift was exciting. It brought me the freedom to choose my own schedule and be my own boss.
But I found the transition nerve-racking.
It raised worries about how I was going to find clients and fear I wouldn’t be able to pay the bills.
During this transition my mediation practice helped me continually come back to the present moment. I would remember that right now, in this moment, all is well. Being anxious about the future wasn’t helping in any way.
I could see that my body was wanting security, clear work hours and a set salary. It likes to keep things known and familiar. But as Spirit I was eager to spread my wings — to have the freedom to choose projects that felt exciting to me.
Meditation helped me to reassure my body that it was safe. It allowed me to step into the unknown with more confidence. It helped me trust myself.
And as it happens, paying the bills has turned out to be no problem at all.