I still remember my first experience with meditation. I was about 17 years old and I knew nothing about it. The walls in my room were covered by posters of Led Zeppelin, Ramones, Guns n’ Roses, Metallica, Nirvana… and I just felt a strong desire for sitting up in a weird position with my legs crossed listening Pink Floyd! That was my “transcendental” meditation, with guitars solos and cosmic drums. Two years later I was finishing the book Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda, and discovering a whole new world called yoga.
I started visiting group meditations at Self-Realization Fellowship in São Paulo (Brazil) and after that my meditations started to make sense. I understood that I needed techniques and discipline. So, I decided to meditate every morning. The first day of my new journey I sat on my bed with my feet on the floor, looked at the clock and thought that I should start with 10 min at least. After being in meditation for a while I opened my eyes and realized that I had done just 3 min! Sometimes minutes can be an eternity and I have to confess, I wasn’t good with the discipline part of it but I never gave it up. Few weeks later I was able to concentrate very well and my focus was no longer the duration of my meditation but how deep I could go within.
I can say that meditation is the most important habit in my routine and the most important tool in my life. Choices in my profession, health issues, family decisions, marriage…all the challenges that I went trough in the last 15 years were faced with meditation. And now I know that closing my eyes and fixing them on the point between the eyebrows can take me to a better place, no matter what! It’s simple, I just need to make the effort.
Ester Castruita, founder and teacher of Dharana Star – Meditation, Inner Self Workout, and Expressive Arts Therapy. www.dharanastar.com