How Meditation Will Change Your Life


By: Gaia Staff  |  May 6, 2013

Are you ready for a change?

I mean a deep, juicy, life transforming energetic shift? One that has the power to release you from the burdens of worry, resentment, fear and your inability to let go of control. One that will help you to unleash your inner beauty and gifts, onto the world?

Daily meditation has been the single most powerful and authentic practice in my life. Through it, I have discovered my true nature, my spirit fire, and it has changed everything. Sitting in stillness taught me to be the observer of my thoughts. The observer, meaning that there are my thoughts, and then there is me, and the two are not the same. The more I separated my thoughts, the more time I wanted to spend with this newly discovered “me”. This “me” I discovered was actually really blissful and happy. She was filled with passion, fire, and a thirst for life. She lived to bring out the divine in others. She was fully present.

Before this version of me was brought to life, there was a person who was terrified to let go of control, control of everything; her relationships, what she ate, what her body weighed, and even what people’s impressions of her were. It was insanity. Emotions would lift her up and carry her away, like wild horses, for days and weeks; and her intuition was silenced after being ignored for way too long. She was a person who did not believe that she deserved to feel joyful, or connected, or loved. She was a person who had so much to give, but pain and hurt prevented her from trusting.

Sound familiar?

Meditation does not have to take the form of sitting with your hands on your knees and closing your eyes. Meditation can take many forms. One of my favorite ways to meditate is to go for a long, easy run in the fresh air. It is here, where I am able to attune the rhythm of my steps to the mantras that are in my heart. Where breath, mind, body, and soul unite, and emptiness prevails.

As we experience this spring, my offer to you is to identify a meditative practice that can serve you. If you struggle with this, perhaps ask yourself the following questions:

  1. When do I feel most peaceful?
  2. Is there a time when my thoughts are at ease?

The answers to these questions then become the foundation of your meditation practice. Perhaps you feel peaceful when washing the dishes or folding the laundry. Perhaps it’s when you are walking with your child or your pet, or perhaps it is when you are having a sleep in on a Sunday morning listening to the heartbeat of your partner.

Whatever form or shape it takes is irrelevant. Whilst engaging in the process, still your thoughts and simply observe. You may be completely at peace. You may receive creative thoughts, revelations, or you may be constantly running through the shopping list, or a recipe in your head; but the more you continue to practice meditating, observing your thoughts and your mind, will become natural. From there, the shift in consciousness is inevitable, and will start to show up in other aspects of your life.


 

Zain Saraswati Jamal

Zain Saraswati Jamal uses her personal experience and knowledge to guide her students to a balanced, healthy place within their minds, bodies and spirits.
Jamal is an Ayurvedic, Holistic & Sports Nutritionist, Internationally Certified Kundalini, Sivananda and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and Personal Coach.
In her hometown of Vancouver, Canada, Jamal works with those struggling to overcome weight issues and/or self-esteem issues, eating disorders, serious illness and who are looking to gain a greater level of overall health.
Raised in an Indian home, Zain Saraswati Jamal received the first teachings of yoga and Ayurveda at the age of five through scripture and a home asana practice. She felt naturally connected to the mystical and metaphysical philosophies, experiencing an innate familiarity, as though the teachings were already a part of her being waiting to be revealed through practice and life experience. Since then, Jamal has learned from esteemed gurus such as Pattahbi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Gurmukh, David Life, Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, Geshe Michael Roach, Eddie Modestini and other masters, which have helped her to refine her own practice and teaching.
Deciding to pursue her exploration of yoga and meditation, Zain Saraswati Jamal was classically trained in Mysore, India at the Shri K Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Institute (KPJAI) in 1996. She then studied over ten years of traditional Ashtanga practice and teaching before exploring other styles. In 2006, Jamal was drawn to another classical lineage Sivananda. She completed her E-RYT 500-hour at the Sivananda Ashram in Paradise Island, Bahamas as well as three years of deep philosophical study of the Yoga Sutras, Vedas and other scriptures from both the Buddhist and Vedic perspectives.
During this time, Zain Saraswati Jamal discovered the practice of Kundalini yoga in a Sikh Gurudwara and became fascinated by the liberation of movement and the immediate effect that the technology of kriya offered. She went on to study with the 3HO Certified Karam Kriya School in London, England and her own personal practice is a reflection of these classical styles.
In addition, Jamal leads Kundalini Fire Full Moon Ceremonies in Vancouver on sacred land, where women come together to release that which no longer serves and unite in support of one another?s growth and healing as well as other yoga workshops and classes all over the world.


 

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