I’m with you about the new-age stuff. When I was researching this whole topic of connecting to your higher purpose I was dismayed by how many new age blogs there are sprouting forth information about the great cosmic consciousness and how crystals, psychic guides and angels can help you. They may have something to offer, but it just did not appeal to me, and I questioned the value of pursuing the higher purpose theme in general and meditation as a specific tool.
However, I knew beyond any shadow of doubt from my own personal experience the value of being able to connect to your higher purpose. And a lot of highly respected business people talk about how important it is to meditate. I realised it doesn’t all have to be airy-fairy. So I began to explore the options.
Meditation is actually a fantastic opportunity to take a breather – take some time out from the fast pace of our busy lives and relax, refresh, de-stress. That has to be a good thing, right? Taking this time out allows our consciousness to change from the busy analytical, thinking, problem-solving state to a more intuitive, heart-centred state where we can come to know ourselves at the deepest level, allowing intuition and revelation to come forth. It brings us to a place of deep inner knowing, allowing us to connect with something outside ourselves and have a sense of what is truly right for us. This can bring about a huge shift in awareness.
Encapsulated within our daily routines and buried in the busy-ness of our day to day activities with all their timelines, schedules and deadlines we can find that we are working really hard and getting nowhere, or working really hard but feeling dis-satisfied at the end of the day. It reminds me of the Stephen Covey quote: “A good manager will take you through the forest, no matter what. A leader will climb a tree and may say, “This is the wrong forest.”” You could be managing your life and your business really well, but how on target is your focus and direction? It is easy to be so busy that we miss the fact that we are off target. That is why it is vital to take time out and check in to see what God (the universe/universal consciousness) may want to say to you. If you’re in the wrong forest you are better off if you find that out sooner rather than later, don’t you think?
Done properly, meditation won’t do you any harm, and you stand to gain huge benefits. You only need to find 5 minutes each day. Why not give it a go?