“When your body and mind are completely still you feel like you are in a suspended state of peace and tranquility”.
This is how I feel when I meditate! I completely forget the physical aspect of being seated on my meditation stool. My mind and body feel very calm and perfectly still.
The overall experience gives you a feeling of euphoria, like being in a trance state. It feels like any physical consciousness of pain, tension or tightness has completely left the body. There is no more involuntary movement or fidgeting of limbs. The physical body begins to shut down, working in harmony with the breath. I am no longer aware of my feet touching the floor or hands lightly resting on top of each other in my lap. My eyelids are no longer fluttering and the sensation of swallowing has receded at the back of my throat. I am no longer aware of my tongue resting on the palette behind my upper teeth. I feel totally numb.
The breath is slow, fluid and very soft. All that remains is the focus on my chosen mantra repeating it over and over in my mind, connecting with the breath like the ebb and flow of gentle waves lapping on the shore, naturally and effortlessly.
Yet the mind is awake and alert, while body is completely relaxed. There is a sense of connecting with my inner self. A feeling of unity, of pure oneness, as I move towards the stillness in the moment.
There is no impression of time in this moment. There is no conscious awareness of the space between the out breath and the in breath, just a feeling that everything has shut down and I am floating somewhere in space, peaceful and joyous. You could term this as an enlightening oneness of the present moment.
As I understand it, this is the moment of true awareness when the mind, body and soul are completely connected and settled in ‘tranquil abiding’ - a sense of awareness, balance, calm and control, working in perfect harmony.
So here we have it – practicing mindful meditation every day brings you to a place of stillness. That is such a gift for us to behold. One that when you have experienced it makes you feel like you want to return for more. You become completely hooked.
I can’t wait to tell you about the benefits of mindful meditation in my next blog!
The art of stillness can be learnt through guidance and continuous practice.
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Annie Moore, founder of Moorwellbeing UK and Yoga Reboot Retreat Portugal, has years of experience as a qualified Holistic Massage therapist, Reiki practitioner, Integral yoga and Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher.