This weekend, at the Institute For Integrative Nutrition Health Conference, Deepak Chopra was also one of the speakers. He gave an amazing lecture on leadership and self-empowerment. The simplicity of his principals were overwhelming. He reminded us to think globally, but act locally- the underlying message being that we’re all connected and our experiences are only a projection of our consciousness. We must stop looking at the world through our eyes and start looking at the world through our heart. Sure, the people and situations around you may be what you see, but what do you feel?
He spoke about mediation and how the space between our thoughts is the doorway to universal intelligence. Meditation can be tricky because we’re uncertain what we’re supposed to be listening for or tuning into. When I first started my meditation looked something like this.
OK Rachel, quiet your mind and breathe deeply
“I totally should have made Presley’s lunch last night so I had time to meditate.”
Stop thinking. Gently push the thoughts out of your mind. Breathe.
“Maybe I should buy a meditation chair! That would make this easier.”
Deep breath. Pay attention to your breath.
“I should have made some tea so it would be cooled off by the time I was done meditating. I wonder if Fred Meyer is going to have the 2 for $6 sale on the yogi tea again? I hope my kids will drink green tea when they’re older. Shit, I forgot to check on that book I ordered from Amazon”
Focus dammit, I’m supposed to be meditating.
“I wonder what made New Kids On The Block decide to start touring again?”
Screw it. I suck at meditating. I’ll try again tomorrow.
Sound familiar? You’re not alone. That’s why I found Deepak’s 10 questions to ask ourselves before we meditate super helpful. We can choose one a day. If you’re new to mediation try 2-3 minutes of sitting in silence. Even one minute is an amazing start. Take 3 deep breaths and clear your mind. If thoughts arise, compassionately release them. I like to imagine my thoughts are clouds and as i release them, they leave my consciousness. Most importantly, remember that meditation is like a muscle and in order for it to be useful, you have to build it up.
OK, enough fluff! Here’s the meat of this post:
10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Meditating
- Who am I?
- What do I want?
- What is my peak experience?
- What is my life purpose?
- What kind of contribution do I want to make to the world?
- What does a meaningful relationship look like to me?
- How do I contribute positively to my relationships?
- What are my unique skills and talents and how do I use them to serve humanity?
- Who are my heros? (public figures, historical figures, religious figures)
- What is my story?
If these questions seem open-ended and broad, that’s because they are. They are meant to be internally expanded upon. You will be drawing upon the universal wisdom that is accessible to all of us. Each time you ask yourself one of these questions, pay attention to how you feel. See if you find deeper meaning to your life. The beauty is that all the answers and peace we crave are accessible to us at any time if we choose to make the initial decent within.