I was introduced to meditation many years ago doing a silent retreat at Yogaville, in Buckingham, Virginia, but it took hitting the adversity of going through concurrent traumatic experiences of my divorce and a related business implosion that really brought me to my current daily practice.
Today, right after I get up every morning and take care of business, I immediately sit for my morning meditation practice. No matter what. Every. Single. Day. Even if it's only 5 minutes, I start every day the same way. When I'm traveling, one of the first things I do is figure out where I'm going to sit the next morning. I may sit for 5 minutes, I may sit for 30, but it's a non-negotiable for me. It's the one thing I won't compromise on.
Starting each day with the same few stretches, deep breathing exercises, and then a sitting meditation is what grounds me and prepares me for the rest of the day. Now that I'm in the habit of doing this every single day, I notice things. Some days my mind is clear and optimistic and ready for anything, and some days my mind is wandering and like an impetuous child.
But it doesn't matter. The point is that in this critical time of day, the period that sets the stage for the rest of the day to unfold, I am not my thoughts, I am the noticer of my thoughts. I am awareness, I am consciousness, and anything is possible, and the universe is limitless and perfect.
That, my friends, is my secret weapon. If you'd like to chat more about meditation and how it has served me in my life, feel free to reach out, I'm always excited to chat about it.