By Sharon Edwards
I know what you’re thinking. It’s just like flossing. Many experts recommend it. You know it’s important for your health and well being. But it gets complicated. So many decisions: Minty or plain? Flat or waxy? Before or after brushing? Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it takes too long. The results are hard to see.
But there is somewhere deep inside a part of you that craves it. Longs for it. Now I am no longer talking about flossing. I am talking about Peace. Awareness. Stillness. Ok, now I’m going to say it: MEDITATION. Before you go running let’s give it a chance. It may not be exactly what you think it is.
I know, that in the past, meditation for me was sitting in an uncomfortable position, absolutely still, with absolutely nothing in or on my mind. Nothing a’tall. RIGHT. I have ADD. I am a 7 on the Enneagram, (that means I have a “monkey mind”). I have teenagers! And, I am an extrovert. I recharge my batteries by being WITH people.
Alas, I am a reformed extrovert. I am no longer afraid to use the “M” word. Believe me, if I can meditate, so can you. Yes, I have learned to be still and (occasionally) manage my mind. Both of those are very important. I have also learned meditation is more than the right sitting position and a blank mind. Way more. You can move and meditate. Eat and meditate. Meditation is being fully in the present and fully yourself. Right here. Right now, in our everyday, ordinary, hurry scurry lives. But just like yoga, or anything else important, it takes practice. I invite you to practice with me during this month.
Classes are being offered for 4 consecutive weeks. We will learn the basic sit still and breath way, as well as explore ways that honor the unique ways we are created and the complexity of our lives. January is a time where people often set new goals or intentions. I believe meditation may be the key to success for any other New Year’s resolution you may make. Out of meditation, flows clarity, inspiration and authenticity; all we need to live more whole and healthy and hopeful lives.
Register for classes starting January 8 and 9 here.
Sharon H. Edwards is a Spiritual Director and Yoga 200RYT. She is a Presbyterian Pastor and is open and accepting to the variety of ways our spiritual lives find expression and voice. She also enjoys singing, dancing, swimming and hiking. Sharon lives in Albany with her teenagers, a husband and the best dog ever.