Deciding to Meditate

At the time, I hated the way I felt, but looking back I realize that it was a blessing in disguise. I probably would not have began meditating if it were not for this emergent need. My life has changed this year for the better. I feel more in tune to the Universe and my direction in life. There has been a massive shift in my personal and professional life. Doors have opened and I have met many people that have helped me on this journey. Coincidence? Maybe?

About 7 years ago, I was waiting at a restaurant to be seated and this gentleman sparked up a conversation with my friends and me. He seemed like a super nice guy and had really great energy. After a few minutes of making small talk, he began preaching the benefits of meditation. I politely listened, but thought to myself I don’t have time to meditate. What is the point of sitting for 10, 20, 30 minutes doing nothing. Although these thoughts ran through my head, I did appreciate his passion for sharing what he knew and he did seem to be very focused and clear about life. Even though I was not sold, this man’s words stayed with me and caused me to wonder if there was some truth. So I played here and there with meditation apps and YouTube videos, but was just not feeling it.

Fast forward to last year, I found myself in a spot in which I needed to find balance, direction, creativity and more.  My stress level was at an all time high. My eye was no longer witching when I was stressed because my stress level had progressed to a rapid heartbeat, that made me feel like my insides were shaking. Awesome! The doctor offered me medication like they always do, but I refused. It was then that he suggested a more holistic approach.

I began my mediation practice shortly after this time. It is now as much a part of my day as eating and breathing. It feeds my mind and soul and I wonder how I ever did without it. I will leave you with this….a stressed mind is not capable of thinking clearly about anything. Maybe you can’t find answers to your questions, because there is too much noise. Use meditation as a vehicle to turn down the noise,so that you can find your purpose and direction.



Laura Ciampa