On the other side of any person, place, or thing, period. Not the promotion, the apartment, the vacation, or any of it. We all know this intellectually - we've seen marriages fail despite picture-perfect weddings and celebrities self-destruct despite dream careers. But somehow, we continue to seek fulfillment outside of ourselves, whether it's a little pick-me-up (yet another pair of shoes) or a milestone goal (house, spouse).
I'm not claiming that external sources can't inspire or uplift us - a new tube of lipstick does make me feel good, and I collect inspirational quotes because they do help me. Things like spouses and houses can certainly be sources of tremendous joy. But to guarantee deep, lasting fulfillment is an inside job.
When we meditate, our active thinking mind dissolves into its least excited state, which is pure awareness or simply being with no interference. In this state, the mind can't conceive of a thought or idea to make it happier than it is at that very moment, so it falls silent.
This state of fulfillment is our true nature, and we can access it daily with a simple technique.
Let me get real (and a bit morbid) for a moment. I've felt a lot of fear in my life about losing loved ones and I know I'm not alone. To some degree, we all believe it would be impossible to feel happy again if we lost our mom/brother/boyfriend/fill-in-the-blank. "If I lost him, I literally wouldn't know who I was," my friend recently confided. But when we give credence to this fear, we feel compelled to control and stay safe when control and safety are an illusion. Nothing is guaranteed in this life except the fulfillment that can be unlocked within each of us, and we all deserve the key.
I want to share a personal story with you about my path of finding Vedic Meditation.
I had been battling anxiety, depression, and insomnia for most of my life. When I started my career as a corporate attorney at a large New York law firm, the burden became unbearable. That's when I found Vedic Meditation and it made the most immediate and profoundly positive impact on my physical, mental, and emotional health.
A few years later, I decided to do something that could help the people in my life -- and that’s why I became a teacher of Vedic Meditation.
For most of us, the holiday season is a joy-filled time of year, yet it can also be very challenging. We are faced with high levels of demands and expectations as the days continue to grow shorter and colder, our schedules fill up with holiday parties, even trips to visit family, or a vacation somewhere warm to escape the cold of winter. The choice is often to "power through" and we end up missing a very special time of year being over-stressed. Vedic Meditation gives us a way to find balance, inner peace and a profoundly deep level of rest that allows us to enjoy the holiday season and begin the new year grounded, with clarity and grace.
Many of us view the new year as a clean slate, a time to re-prioritize our choices and dedicate ourselves to improving our lives and our relationships with our best intentions at hand.
The challenge is not in the choosing itself--for the most part, we know what we should be doing. Spending time with family and friends, exercising regularly, eating healthy nutritious food, finding time to relax, being patient, kind and compassionate to others. The list goes on. The problem we face is that regardless of our intention, we are destined behave and act according to the baseline level of stress that we've accumulated in our minds and bodies...
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