A Life Filled with a Purpose Is a Life Worth Living — Jerome’s Meditation Journey
How I Got Into Meditation
Pain brought me to meditation. I had been struggling with depression since puberty. A few years ago I started my healthy living journey. In the beginning, things were amazing. I had tons of energy. But after a while, I was left to deal with the shadows within me. At first, I was confused about why I was still feeling depressed despite all of the progress I was making. My holistic doctor at the time asked me if I had had meditation practice. I looked at her confused. Yes, I had heard of meditation, but I had dismissed the idea of meditating myself as being too “out there.” Yet I was miserable and wanted relief from my pain. So, I decided to try mediation.
The First Year: Challenging Yet Rewarding
When I first started meditating, it did not turn out to be what I was expecting. My mind raced and I thought that it was not worth the effort. Yet after the first few sessions of practice, I did notice that I felt calmer in my daily life.
I downloaded a few apps with guided meditations to help me along. Guided meditations help you connect with yourself in a more meaningful way. You are guided out of the mental chatter and into silence (which is where the magic happens).
At first, you may get a few moments of peace per session. Those few moments will be immensely rewarding for you. You’ll want to experience that feeling more. The more you practice the more opportunities you will have to experience the peace that exists within all of us. This becomes an almost addictive experience.
During my first year of meditation, I was also very impatient with myself. I wanted to be the perfect meditator. But when you have a mindset like that, it is a recipe for a disaster. Instead, simply practice the art of letting go of the thoughts that flow past.
Meditation Is a Shortcut to Living a Peaceful Life
Many of us think that we must always be busy. But a life filled with endless to-do lists and activities leaves no time for self-reflection.
After practicing meditation for a while, I realized that I no longer had a desire to be busy. Busy means that you are disconnected. It means that you are hurling yourself by living a life with no direction.
Meditation helped me ground myself. It made me conclude that being busy is not a badge of honor but rather a curse. My life has slowly evolved to a more slow-paced and measured one. A life filled with a purpose to give humanity my gifts is a life worth living.
Peace and freedom have been my mantra ever since I got serious about meditation.