The Reason We Can’t Skip Meditation

This is all well and good about transforming our energy and following God’s will but…how to do it?

The most effective, tried-and-true starting point is meditation.

As with many things spiritual, some people hear or read this word and roll their eyes. Why meditation though? Who wants or has time to sit cross-legged and struggle fruitlessly to clear their minds? It’s frustrating and boring and painful. These were my thoughts when I was first introduced to the practice.

I’ve tried many different types of meditation: Zen, guided, Shambala, visualization, even eating meditation, and I’ve discovered that the reason it is so important is that meditation teaches us how to be comfortable just being.

We do it naturally as babies, but over the years we lose the ability to simply be. Being is the starting point for living our best lives. Meditation takes us back to that starting point.

From meditation, we can move into manifestation. Once we can be, then we can make.

What happens, though, is we get caught up in the making, to the point that we lose sight of who we really are. Only by being our authentic selves can we do what we truly want and manifest the life we are meant to live.

Okay, so meditation. Different ways of meditating work for different people. If you have a negative idea of what meditation is, it doesn’t have to be that for you.

Meditation can be drinking a cup of tea. Meditation can be a walk along the creek. Meditation can be lying in the sun.


What matters most when we meditate is that we allow ourselves to be, just as we are in the present moment.

That’s what repels a lot of people about meditation, and it’s precisely the benefit. Many people are repulsed by the thought of meditating because they don’t like themselves. They know meditation brings us face-to-face with ourselves, and they don’t want to look.

Here’s the thing though: If you don’t like yourself, you’re not living your real life.

When we are true to our designs, being who we are meant to be, there is absolutely no reason not to love ourselves. When we allow ourselves to be and to express who we are, we are happy and we radiate positivity.

Meditation is the necessary starting point of positive living because when we are simply being, our hearts speak our desires and we are open to listening.

Meditation is nerve-wracking to us when we aren’t living our true lives, because we know we need to make changes. We don’t have to be terrified of change. If we know we need to change, we will be happier for it.

So pick a way of meditating that appeals to you and start small.

If you want to sit and breathe, do it for 2 minutes, then 5, then 7, then 10. There’s no rush or pressure at all in meditating.

If you want to meditate over tea, give your full attention to the process. Pouring the water, steeping the tea, watching the steam rise, sipping the tea, feeling it warm you all the way down. Savor each moment.

Meditation is a joyful practice, and it offers endless gifts. When we meditate, we receive insights into life, solutions to our problems, ideas for work and creative projects–all of which lead us where we want to go because they come from within our hearts.

Meditation is our direct line to the still, small voice of God within us. Meditation reveals what we are meant to do and what will make us happy.

That’s why meditation. It’s the first step, and it cannot be skipped over.

First we meditate, then we make our dreams come true.

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Adding to Our Lives, Adding to the World

“Energy cannot be created or destroyed; rather it transforms from one form to another.”
-The Law of Conservation of Energy

When some people here the word “energy” used in a spiritual sense, their eyes automatically roll or glaze over. They dismiss talk of vibes as ludicrous. They want nothing to do with that New Age-y woo woo nonsense.

Yet these same people readily accept the concept of energy in terms of science and nutrition. We’re all taught about energy in our early school years.

Some energy has a positive charge, some a negative charge, and some is neutral. Our bodies convert food into energy that we use to move, think, and feel.

It’s the same stuff!

Why is it so hard to believe that we, as human beings, give off positive, negative, and neutral energy that draws and repels the energy of other people? We know how magnets work. It’s not that complicated.

We know how music works too. Notes and tones vibrate at certain frequencies. When they interact with other frequencies they create harmony or discord. Likewise, our ways of being and moving (i.e. the “notes” we play) are vibrations that jive with some and clash with others.

I think the issue is that we’ve convinced ourselves that our thoughts and feelings aren’t real things. The scientific method doesn’t account for these, because they are “subjective” rather than “objective” and thus dismissed from evidentiary consideration.

The wave of my hand is a real thing because I can see it and someone else can see it. We can both feel and hear the movement it creates. We could both touch and taste my hand, if we were so inclined.

But no one can think my thoughts or feel my feelings. They are not observable.

This is a huge oversight.

Our thoughts are things. Our feelings are things. Should all of them be taken seriously? No. But they have consequences as much as our actions do. After all, our thoughts and feelings lead to our actions. They are the reasons behind our actions. And they definitely give charge to our actions–positive, negative, neutral.

Thoughts and feelings are energy, just like movement. Our bodies are drained after a time of intense study or emotion or rejuvenated after meditation or laughter.

If we hold onto grudges, over time, our bodies will show it as much so as if we’ve been consuming harmful substances. In fact, they often go hand in hand. However, if we hold onto love, joy, happiness, and gratitude…well, our bodies will show that too.

Of course this is not a black and white situation. No one is only positive energy or negative energy; nor are we meant to be. Our energies fluctuate with time and circumstance, and a lot of the time we’re giving off neutral vibes or a combination.

But what’s really interesting here is that we can transform our energy.

We have the ability to shift our energy from positive to negative or negative to positive through the power of our will and desire.

I know this from experience. I used to live a very negative life. I was a negative person. Yet I always knew somehow that that was not who I was meant to be.

As it always goes, I looked in all the wrong places for an answer until I looked in the right one: within myself. I’d known all along what my hearts’ desires are, and I finally willed myself to pursue them.


When we allow ourselves to do what it is in us to do, our lives are filled with possibility and positivity. It’s no coincidence that the sign for positive charge and addition are the same (+).

When we are true to our individual design, we add to the world; we make our unique positive contribution to the Universe/God’s plan. And we feel the addition too! Not only do we feel happier, healthier, and more fulfilled; we draw into our lives more blessings, opportunities, and people who help us on our path!

It works the other way around, too. If you are not pursuing your true heart’s desire, you are subtracting. You are actually robbing the world of your gifts.

Each of us is equally as much a part of the grand design as everyone and everything else. We’ve each been given gifts from the Universe/God to give right back. If we don’t share of ourselves, our energy turns negative.

When we feel as though the life is being sucked out of us, it is. That’s the biggest sign that something is very wrong and we need to live our lives differently. We need to make positive change.

Becoming a negatively-charged person happens unconsciously over years. I don’t think anyone ever sets out with the decision to become miserable.

Becoming a positively-charged person, however, happens intentionally. That’s great news! We become happier, more blessed people by doing what we really, truly want to do!

Of course, it’s not that simple. But at the same time, it is.

When we see those people who appear to live charmed lives, always on cloud nine and beloved by all, we needn’t feel jealous. That kind of positivity is accessible to us. Our lives will never look just like theirs though, of course. Even better, we all can get our own versions of it.

When we really want to be positive, we believe we can and we make it happen. We choose positive thoughts and feelings instead of negative ones. Instead of being down on ourselves, we visualize the best possible versions of ourselves, and then we start becoming them.

Our energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be transformed. We can transform ourselves.

What is your heart of hearts telling you that you want? It might be as grand as a seemingly impossible career or as small as an herb garden. Whatever it is, allow yourself to add to your life and thus add to the world.