No other era has so totally divorced outer reality from inner reality, the matrix of which is the Great Mother. Never before have we been so cut off from the wisdom of nature and the wisdom of our own instincts. Addiction to Perfection, Marion Woodman
In this post I want to talk about meditation. Meditation is one of the tools that we can use to cultivate a relationship with our inner-most self. Veronica Butler and Melanie Brown co-wrote the book, A Woman’s Best Medicine. Here is what they say is a woman’s best medicine.
“A woman’s best medicine is quite simply herself, the powerful resources of her own deep consciousness, giving her deep awareness of her own physiology as it changes from day to day.”
You are your own best medicine. And so we need to take time to reconnect with our very best resource.
In their book, The Feminine Face of God, Sherry Ruth Anderson and Patricia Hopkins use the image of a sacred garden as a metaphor for cultivating ones inner life. It’s a great picture.
When a garden is neglected the ground becomes hard and water runs off instead of being absorbed. The vegetation either gets so overgrown that it is hard to discern anything or nothing grows because the water isn’t able to penetrate the ground. Cultivating a beautiful garden takes time, patience and consistency. When you meditate you need to bring these same qualities with you.
Meditation is a tool that helps to cultivate awareness. A woman’s menstrual cycle works to focus our attention inward at monthly intervals, asking us to see what is working for us and what isn’t, before venturing out into the world again. The annual cycle plays the same role on a larger scale. A daily meditation practice is bringing that awareness to our lives on a daily level. Awareness is empowering. It allows you to make change, to see what needs to be let go of and what needs more attention.
Ultimately, a meditation practice helps to reconnect us with the divine presence within. This is where we rediscover our natural well-being and enthusiasm for life, our joy, even our playfulness.
Beginning a meditation practice requires some discipline. Jalaja Bonheim, in The Hunger for Ecstasy, says that “the word discipline comes from the Latin discere, which means to learn.” So, I am spending my life practicing, learning how to meditate. Why? Because nothing is more thrilling than when I can clear out my space and just be me. It’s that simple.
It can be frustrating to begin a meditation practice. The first course I am releasing in the WellSprings Women’s Program is the Meditation course. I learned to meditate while a student in the Clairvoyant Training Program at the Berkeley Psychic Institute. I signed up for a meditation class because I had difficulty owning my space. I had the benefit of beginning my meditation practice in a year-and-a-half long program where I practiced meditation in a class or reading environment. As with learning anything new, it helps to have external structure and support. I have found that if I want to move forward in my life in a meaningful way, I need to own my meditation space.
In the Meditation course I will be teaching you some of the tools that I learned while at the Institute. These are an amazing set of “energy” tools that will help you to reclaim your mind, body and spirit. The recorded sessions provide the structure and support needed to begin a new practice. You can learn more about the Meditation: Cultivating the Divine Feminine course here.
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