Staying Calm in a Sea of Chaos

Written by on December 16, 2015 in Meditation with 6 Comments

Barbara Sinclair Holistic Health and Healing, Staying Calm in a Sea of Chaos

I don't know how or when it happened. Having lived a life mostly in a state of high anxiety, I now find myself staying calm in a sea of chaos.

Actually, I do know how and when it happened. When I began meditating several years ago. Everything changed.

I used to be terrified of flying, being in elevators, riding on the subway, speed (the fast kind, not the drug kind), and on and on. How I lived in NYC for almost fifteen years, I'll never know.

Like increases like according to Ayurveda, and the Vata-type individual is used to high energy and often seeks it out, rather than looking for ways to calm down. So living in that frenetic city was like a high I didn't really need.

The holidays absolutely unhinged me. Along with fear and anxiety, the Vata individual is not very organized. So all of the hustle and bustle, shopping, entertaining, etc. made me want to retreat into a cave.

Everything changed for me when fibromyalgia stopped me in my tracks and I eventually found my way to Ayurveda, energy healing, and meditation. I had done yoga for years, but yoga alone wasn't enough.

I learned more about the mind/body/spirit connection, and meditation allowed me to safely retreat into that cave twice a day.

The only expectation I had was that it might calm me down. I never expected it to rid me of most of my phobias and lead me to a place of calm that is downright delicious.

I crave my meditation time now. Missing it is like skipping a meal. And even though it's easy to let it slide during busy days, I know that that's when I need it the most and so I try my best to find a way into the cave for at least twenty minutes, twice a day.

I don't sit on a meditation cushion or have a special little room. I either sit in my favorite worn leather chair or propped up with pillows on my bed. Even though my new apartment building is very quiet, I've continued my NYC habit of using earplugs AND noise-cancelling headphones, along with an eye mask. This is definitely not necessary and I have the ability now to close my eyes on the subway and meditate, but that extreme silence and darkness is a bonus.

This time of year, as we approach the Winter Solstice on December 22nd, is ripe with opportunity for deep meditation.

The veil between our world and the spirit world is thin at this time and you might be surprised who “shows up” in your meditation. Or not. I enter my meditation time every day without expectations. If I'm lucky, the record of thoughts playing over and over in my mind will cease for a blissful while. And that's enough.

But on some special days, I'll receive a message or guidance. I might see a flash of someone's face or have a “knowing” about something. Often I'll “hear” and “see” something that weeks down the road reveal their significance.

The beauty of meditation is that even when you think it's doing nothing, it's doing something.

Meditation is a vital state of consciousness – just like sleeping, waking, and dreaming. It helps rejuvenate the body and mind. It helps us sleep better. It clears us of old trauma. It is deeply calming to the central nervous system.

It's nine days before Christmas and one day before my birthday. I've always avoided doing anything more than lunch with a dear friend on my birthday, because who wanted more activity during the holidays?

But this year, for some unknown reason, I kept getting a message to throw myself a party to celebrate the amazing year that I've had. I launched this new website, which in and of itself is enough to celebrate.

I don't like parties! I'm not organized. I'm not ready. But I'm cool as a cucumber. Will wonders never cease?

And for this, I thank my meditation practice.

Much love,

Barbara Sinclair is a visual artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of healing and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She is now pain-free and joyfully shares these methods with her readers and clients. Barbara received her Ayurveda training from Wise Earth Ayurveda, the first school of Ayurveda teachings in the US. She is also a certified holistic health counselor (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and certified energy healer (Deborah King Center).You can contact Barbara HERE for an Ayurvedic consultation or energy healing session. To receive her monthly newsletters as well as weekly practical Ayurvedic tips click HERE.

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  1.' Janine Valentini says:

    Yes indeed

  2.' Coming Full Circle Through Changes, Challenges and Transitions says:

    I have to concur… meditation has changed my life in countless ways. Friends from both sides of the veil come to me and their presence is mostly brief but clear. I have a dearest friend, whose essence/presence, sometimes comes and kisses me lightly on the cheek and snuggles beside me for a few minutes during meditation. Although, she’s still alive, the experience makes the miles between us seem to disappear for a few minutes.

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