Whilst praying my early morning fajr prayers, I felt the need to remain connected so I sat there in meditation for a while longer. In my heart, I asked my Lord for his closeness and allowed my mind to be free. As I began to recite la ilaha ilallah (there is no god but Allah) repeatedly in my mind, I felt myself becoming deeply connected.
What I envisioned was beautiful and heart-warming. Before me, the word Allah appeared huge and gleaming golden white in colour. As I sat there, I witnessed a mesmerising golden, white light emerging from ‘Allah’ flowing directly into my heart, filling my body with this wondrous white light which I can only describe as a pure form of love. This light of love then cascaded to all in my home, street, town, country and then gradually the whole earth was encompassed with this healing light of love. This then flowed further to the entire universe, creating a feeling of connectedness to everyone and everything. Without any awareness of time and space, I felt entranced and fully immersed in the ‘beingness’ of the moment.
This was a very powerful yet simple meditation to perform. No matter what your beliefs, this can be adapted as necessary to feel the benefits this brings.
I cannot stress how valuable mediation is – for me this has been life-changing. I consider the daily practice of meditation to be as essential for mental well-being as exercise is for physical wellbeing.
Whichever type of meditation you practice, the plethora of benefits are undeniable and have been scientifically proven in so many studies: meditation slows down the overthinking mind; reduces stress and anxiety; increases productivity and creativity; improves memory and concentration; develops emotional strength and so much more, the list is endless… For me, the most valuable benefit has been the resilience that has developed as a result of daily practice – I feel I am better able to cope with whatever life throws at me.
If there are so many benefits, then why do so many of us shy away from this? We tend to procrastinate or tell ourselves that we don’t have the time, or it isn’t for me – without even having a go. Perhaps this is because we are subconsciously in a habit of conditioning ourselves toward the negative – ‘I can’t do it, I don’t have the time’, yet we can and we do…
When meditating, it doesn’t matter if your mind wanders, that’s actually quite normal, you just gently bring it back. And sometimes, setting the mind free actually yields wonderful results as it did for me.
Meditate, even if it’s initially just for 5- 10 minutes – mindful breathing is a good start as it allows the mind to focus on the present moment and creates a feeling of calmness and tranquillity amid the chaos of the mind. When you are calm and tranquil, you radiate this feeling to all around you and life just becomes a little easier…
Set yourself a mini wellbeing goal to develop a daily meditation practice. Set aside a time each day to ensure you do actually do it and start with a simple mindful breathing meditation. Remember, this is a meditation ‘practice’. In order to really achieve positive results, you need to practice mediation every day. Give it a go. Don’t procrastinate, start today!
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