I was recently told that one of the ways that I meditate is through my writing, which made complete and total sense to me. In the past when someone has asked me if I meditate, I have always said, “Not in the traditional sense,” because I don’t know how else to explain what it is that I do. I have n-e-v-e-r been able to get through a guided meditation, e-v-e-r, or any kind of steps-from-a-book scenario, for that matter.
When I write, however, especially when I’m working on a new book idea, or even this blog, I can truly get lost in time and space. Hours can go by without my notice, and then I’ll check the clock and wonder how I could have possibly missed something like lunch. I mean to take breaks, but it’s like I’m here and not here at the same time, being thoroughly absorbed in the process. Voila, meditation!
I applaud those who can meditate “in the traditional sense,” because it’s great to find a system that works for you. Do you know how many years, though, that I’ve thought something was wrong with me? I got tired of lamenting, “Why can so many others do this, and I can’t?” By comparing myself, and not thinking outside the box, I completely slowed the discovery of what I could do because I had been so focused on what I couldn’t!
If you’ve read many of my prior posts, then you know that I get flashes. I consider these little glimpses of information to also be a type of meditation, but kind of backwards from the norm. Within traditional methods, you learn to still yourself by getting comfortable and quiet, perhaps inhaling and exhaling to a certain count, which then hopefully propels you into a deeper awareness. Well, my flashes come to me, which is the backwards part I mentioned.
I believe that meditation is magnetic, part of the universe’s Call and Response structure. My flashes are prompted by conversations, by wonderings, by lists that I write – stuff that’s floating around in my head one way or another – and it’s just a different way to connect in. The most unique experience I’ve had, which I like to call The Great Flash of ’19, was when I was given the mandate to write my book series! It came because I had asked the universe how I was supposed to serve.
I guess the moral of this story is to not get stuck on having to do things a certain, prescribed way. Nothing is ever truly one-size-fits-all. Since I was a child, I have marched to the beat of my own drum, so I should not at all be surprised that I come up with my own singular sound. Get out of your head to discover what makes you tick by looking beyond what others have created. Definitely use their works to see where you stand and then expand from there, because there’s so much more to YOU than what anyone else can define!