I spoke to my sister a few days ago telling her that it is incredible how meditation has a direct effect on how my days turn out. I have been a bit lazy with my meditation practice this past week, choosing to sleep longer in the morning and be entertained by a movie or a book at night rather than doing my formal meditation. It only takes a few days before I notice that my reality becomes flat. Nothing special happens and one day goes by after another without real content.

Once you have experienced the difference, between a “flat” reality and how it is when the richness of life comes to you and every day feels special and unique, you quickly get the point: It’s time to amp up the meditation practice!

Just in a couple of days of meditating and I notice the change. Life shows me the reality I have become so used to be in. I feel more connected. This means good coincidences happening on a regular basis and life feeling helpful, richer and supportive.

There is so much difficult happening in the world right now and I have been thinking a lot about love and wishing for everyone to have clarity of mind and keep an open heart. I am not saying that I have reached that point myself but I know meditation practice guides me in that direction.

Earlier this week I listened to the American author, spiritual leader, politician and activist Marianne Williamson read from her book from the early nineties called A Return to Love. The expression “spread love” came up again and again. For me, love is the answer. I ordered the book, opened it somewhere in the middle and here’s what it said on that particular page (I have taken the liberty to replace “God” and “Him” with “Life”):

“We are simply asked to shift focus and to take on a more gentle perception. That’s all Life needs. Just one sincere surrendered moment, when love matters more than anything, and we know that nothing else really matters at all. What Life gives us in return for our openness is an outpouring of Life’s power to share with the world, to heal all wounds, to awaken all hearts”.

It felt so touching reading this.

What I would like to get across is that for many of us it is helpful to set off time daily to listen to what’s within us. To listen to our inner guide so to speak. To breathe calmly. To allow our nervous system to relax so there is no fear around. Then we are in a space where there is more clarity of mind and it feels safe to open our heart. I truly believe that when we are in this place we can’t help but open to the beauty and preciousness of all human beings, all living beings, and the preciousness of life. From this place we can act with love and greater wisdom.

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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.