INSIGHTS THROUGH YOGA AND MEDITATION

Did you know that yoga or meditation practice can make you see things you probably wouldn’t have seen or come to by only using your logical mind? It is amazing how things, or answers, can pop into your head without you planning to make it happen.

I used to be a super rational person – I think I still am! – but I wanted to share a few things I have experienced through my yoga and meditation practice. Might seem strange, but answers have come to me without having to figure things out. It is as if something is speaking straight to me and there is no need to question what is being said. In my experience, to allow this to happen, the mind must be calm and not agitated so there is space between the thoughts.

When I restarted my yoga practice about seven years ago I was in a very challenging situation, not knowing if what was being said to me was the truth or a lie. Driving home from my first yoga class one evening, feeling so good about being back to yoga and myself, a blue light lit up above my head… Not a visible light to the naked eye, only something I could see internally. And as it happened I saw the truth. No need to question it, I just knew. That was a pretty important moment to me.

A couple of years later I went on a few silent meditation retreats as part of my mindfulness teacher training. Here again, insights came to me unexpectedly. During a walking meditation one afternoon I saw the obvious answer to a tricky situation. It was definitely not the answer I had hoped for, but I knew in that moment it was the only solution. Which gave me a choice: To go with the obvious truth or continue to deny to myself the situation I was in (and continue to suffer).

Lately I have, at the end of a meditation, seen some pretty powerful things that have felt as a deep knowing. Things that I believe are true for all of us: That LIFE IS EASY – but we are experts at messing things up all the time! – and that WE ARE LOVE – but we are so afraid of sharing our love from fear of being hurt so we choose to keep to ourselves.

Really fun insights can come up too in meditation when the mind is calm and open. This could be getting a sneak peak into a different world, such as seeing unfamiliar moving patterns (?). When this happens I say to myself, “no, I am definitely not seeing this, this can’t be”. And then what I “see” just shows itself in a stronger way, as if to prove it really is there… I know, really strange!

I will admit I enjoy getting insights through my meditation practice and it helps me in the way I live life. It is not something I come to by trying hard or looking for something clever to say. It just comes.

That said, wishing you a happy day! X

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Annette Wiik

My name is Annette. I am a Yoga Academy Certified Teacher (BWY-Accredited School) and started practising Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago. Holding a certificate from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based courses, I incorporate my knowledge of mindfulness meditation in all my yoga classes. I have two grown-up children and live in Wimbledon.