Christopher's Meditation Story
by Christopher Lloyd Clarke
(Jan Juc, Australia)
Learning how to meditate was probably the single most important and life-changing thing I've ever done. I started meditating in 1995 after my mother invited me to do an 8 week meditation course with her.
I wasn't coping all that well with life at the time. I'd recently broken up with my girlfriend, I was failing some of my subjects at university, my health was average at best and I was very depressed.
I was reluctant to go to meditation classes at first, mainly because I was too depressed and too stressed to find the energy for them. I didn't really expect to get much out of meditation and I loathed the idea of having to find 20 minutes to meditate - twice a day no less!
To my surprise, I was actually quite diligent in my meditation practice, and it paid off. After three weeks, something clicked. I don't know exactly what happened, but all of a sudden I realized that I had discovered something really important to me...
Meditation was filling a gap in my life that nothing else had been able to satisfy. I began to relish my meditation sessions, and my experience of meditation rapidly deepened. I became calmer and more focussed, and somehow my whole life seemed to make more sense.
Over time, meditation awakened me
to the spiritual nature of my being, a side of myself that had been clouded from view until that time. I was so excited about this new discovery that I threw myself into study - metaphysics, spirituality, psychology, theology - I totally absorbed myself in learning everything I could about the nature of my mind, my soul, and my relationship to the universe as a whole.
To cut a very long story short - the practise of meditation completely revolutionized the way I view life, and the way I live my life. It expanded my perspective and it gave me relief from depression. It gave me a great deal of clarity and mental power, which helped me over the years in my professional development and career progression. Meditation also helped me to open my heart and then connect with a wonderful life-partner.
Nothing gives me the same feeling of wholeness and deep calm that meditation does. It has awakened me to the vast reservoirs of peace within me, and it encourages me to help other people find that same peace. It's given my entire life a sense of purpose. I just couldn't imagine life without meditation.
Christopher Lloyd Clarke is the founder of The Guided Meditation Site, and he encourages you to share your own meditation story. Please click here to join in.