When I decided to start offering guided meditation at our Spa my husband asked, who is going to get this service? Do you have people asking for meditation?
The answer was no, no one has asked. I got a little concerned and asked myself, who is going to want this service?
Those who practice meditation already have their practice.
Have you ever just had the feeling you were supposed to be doing something? Like the idea didn’t just come from your mind but came to you as a true desire? Like finding your purpose in life. This is the conclusion I have come to.
I am looking to introduce meditation to those who don’t know how amazing it truly is. To educate people on the benefits and the amazing side effects. I contribute my success and happiness to meditation.
Meditation is becoming more and more popular in western society. Celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres
“Ellen DeGeneres told the “Today Show“ that she meditates “Because it feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is for me,” she said. She has also spoken at events for the David Lynch Foundation.
Oprah Winfrey told Dr. Oz that encouraging everyone at her office to meditate has benefited her company immensely. “People who used to have migraines, don’t. People are sleeping better. People have better relationships. People interact with other people better. It’s been fantastic,” she said.
Hugh Jackman discussed the benefits of meditation with Oprah Winfrey saying, “In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”
Just to name a few. But it isn’t just celebs that have caught on to this ancient practice.
In 2012 the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health study showed that 8 million people in the U.S. practice meditation and that number has only grown.
I want to share my personal experience in hopes it may lead others to the benefits of this beautiful and life changing practice.
In 2008 I was living rural Oklahoma, a single mom with no education. I got my GED when I was 17 and had my first child at 20. I always had a job and supported my children. In 2008 I started to realize something was missing. I felt like I was surviving instead of really living.
My health was declining because I wasn’t taking care of myself. I put my children first and I was not a priority. I started to notice a lot of women in my community were the same. Overweight, taking care of their family, home and working. Putting themselves last.
I started doing some reading about health, wellness and self-care.
It made me think of my childhood. I grew up in Nevada in the 70’s and my Mom had a Guru. I remember how embarrassed I felt about that as a child, but I also remember my mom practicing meditation and how happy she was during that time.
I sought out that Guru. He is no longer a “Guru” but a teacher of meditation and a humanitarian. His name is Prem Rawat. He teaches 4 techniques of meditation and I became a student.
When I started practicing, I really was unsure if I was really doing it right. I really thought meditation would free me from my thoughts. Like it would get quite in my mind and I would see light and hear music. This is not what happened. Sometimes I felt like I was listening to my mind for an hour or I would fall asleep.
Meditation is a practice and it took some discipline. I just kept doing it and things started to change for me. It wasn’t what I gained but more about what fell away from my life that made the biggest impact.
I realized my thoughts weren’t as negative. I used to hang out with other single mom’s in my apartment complex and commiserate about, well everything. I didn’t want to do that anymore. I was also a very reactive person. The slightest thing would make me angry. That seemed to diminish too.
It also dawned on me that I didn’t want a “Job”, but I longed for a career. A career that I could feel good about at the end of the day. I didn’t want to just make money for some business I wanted to really help people. It’s funny how when you make a decision like that how you start seeing the signs. When you get really clear about what you want in your life you start seeing the path you should be taking.
What do I mean by that?
Example: Have you ever decided you want a certain car? I was looking to buy a new used car. I was sent a picture of a Chevy HHR. I had seen these cars before but not very often. The very next day I must have noticed 10 driving around.
After I made the decision to seek out a career, massage therapy kept popping up in my life. Just like the HHR’s were everywhere. It was in magazines and on TV. I found out my best friends’ daughter in law was a massage therapist. It was everywhere. I started researching it and decided this was what I was looking for.
My mom was living in Seattle, Washington at the time and suggested I come to Seattle and she would help with my kids while I went to school. I jumped at the opportunity. This was March of 2008 and by June I was in Seattle and enrolled in Massage School.
Since then I have not only built a successful massage practice, but I now own a spa. I credit this success to meditation. I would not be where I am today had I not started practicing.
I practice every morning for 20 minutes. I still have thoughts, but I am able to redirect my attention to the energy in my body. It is a beautiful experience. It’s like I am in touch with that which is infinite. The true me, my soul, life force energy, God. Call it whatever you want it is amazing.
My life has been transformed by the beauty of meditation. It is my goal now to share it with as many people as I can.
So, I am offering guided meditations to my clients. I want to continue to help others find their Bliss as I have.