You yearn to achieve the peace and wellbeing that comes with reconnecting with your true Self, but this connection remains mysterious and elusive.
When you’re connected you feel energised, unfazed by life’s challenges, and secure in what you do. You operate from a place of love, which engenders balance and good health.
When you’re disconnected you may feel tired, weighed down by the stresses of life, or anxious about things. You operate from a place of fear – fear that you won’t be approved of, fear that you won’t be in control, or fear that you won’t be secure. Eventually these fears can lead to imbalance and poor health.
Connecting with your true Self involves accessing the essence of your being, which is always present however many years and layers of other feelings now surround it.
How to make the connection? Fortunately there are many ways to experience your true nature, so you’re by no means confined to the sometimes mysterious and elusive practice of ‘meditation’. Here are some suggestions which work for me.
How to connect
1. Spend time in silence
We live in a world of noise and distractions, which continually tug our attention out of ourselves to the material world. So one way to connect with your true Self is through silence.
Simply sit or lie away from people, the computer, TV, newspapers and books, and be with yourself. No effort is needed, just relax and ‘be’. At first your thoughts may run amok, but if you persist they quieten down until you experience an inner calm.
2. Spend time in nature
Trees, plants and animals are still connected to their source, to the power and intelligence that made them. So communing with nature, outdoors or simply through single flower in a vase, helps connect you to your inner self.
3. Become aware of your breath
Perhaps the easiest way to connect to yourself is to become aware of your breath. Simply shift your awareness to your breath coming into, and then leaving, your body. This immediately brings your attention to the present, and a calm place in which you can connect to your Self.
4. Use a meditation method
There are many ‘methods’ available to help you find your inner Self, coming under the general umbrella of ‘meditation’.
Transcendental Meditation is a well-known example. I often use Remembrance, a Sufi practice of taking your awareness into your heart, and connecting with the universe. The Brahma Kumaris meditate by focusing on the Third Eye in the centre of the forehead. There are numerous other methods.
5. Release your feelings
Another approach is to release the feelings which have built up around, and in turn dimmed, your inner Self.
Starting with whatever feeling is present in this moment release it, and notice what feeling surfaces next. Then release that feeling, and so on. Gradually you dissolve away the layers of feeling, until you reach a peaceful place of ‘be-ing’.
At first this connection may be a fleeting glimpse; with practice it comes more easily, and eventually you can access it at will. Then you have access to the wisdom of the universe – an excellent source of insight into your health issue.
In what situations do you feel most peaceful and connected?
What is the most appropriate way for you to connect to your true Self on a regular basis?
What will you do today to connect to your true Self?
The Delicious Nugget: Pulled by the distractions of our material world you can easily become disconnected from your true, inner Self. Reconnecting, through for example: silence, nature, your breath, meditation, or releasing feelings, helps bring you back to balance and well-being.