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The Power of Meditation




As many of you know, I went through decades of struggling with severe anxiety and debilitating depression as a result of early childhood trauma.

What I may not have shared so often is how meditation played an integral role in my getting free from the binds of mental, emotional and spiritual unrest.

Without being exposed to these three forms of meditation in particular, I can’t say for certain I would ever have been living a depression-free life…as I am happy to say I am today.

These three practices include:

Mindfulness Meditation

A practice of stillness, of staying in the present moment and of finding our True Self, the Observer. Regular practice can bring a deep and lasting sense of inner peace and balance that eventually you will be able to carry throughout the days, weeks and even years.

Guided Imagery Meditation

This technique has consistently taken me deeper and deeper in my understanding of my True Self and the intuition and guidance she has to offer. In a clinical setting, guided imagery was used to show me how to travel back to the most painful memories and rescue myself from them, thereby freeing the chains of the past.

Chakra Healing Meditation

Way high on the woo scale, which may be why I love it so much, chakra healing is a process of opening up our chakra centers to allow our life force, our energy, to flow more freely. When our chakra centers are aligned, open and bright, they begin to work together to bring about new awakenings and to quiet old fears and anxieties.

So, for this holiday season and times of intense transitions we are all experiencing right now, I’ve put together a meditation kit that I hope you will find soothing and healing even during the most challenging days.

You can read more about it here: Meditations.  And if you decide to pick it up, I’d love it if you hopped back over here to let us all know what you think!

What’s your experience with meditation? What practice do you follow now and why? Would love you hear your stories and thoughts in the comments below.


Photo courtesy of  Cornelia Kopp

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Bad Swami
Bad Swami

I practice the style of meditation taught at Self Realization Fellowship per the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. It is similar to many forms of meditation which focus on the breath and quieting of the mind. I have found to be very restorative and healing. I know this might sound silly, but my wife and I who have both suffered varying degrees of depression and anxiety have found having pets to be very healing as well.

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