by Verena Kacinskis
The first time I meditated in my life was during a Reiki class in Brasília 4 years ago. It was day 1 and our teacher asked us to sit comfortably and relax our bodies. She took us through a guided meditation and I remember feeling my mind becoming lighter and lighter. You see, it wasn’t my head that was feeling lighter… it was my mind! As if all my preoccupations, thoughts, judgments and fears had stopped talking to me. There wasn’t anything else in the world but her voice and my breathing.
I don’t know about you but before entering the magical world of meditation I used to think that true meditating meant sitting straight for hours and not thinking about anything. Period. To me that sounded like an impossible job, only available for very well trained monks or enlighted people. So when we finished the practice in that Reiki class and our teacher said that we had been meditating, I was surprised and instantly realized that I could do it by myself.
The problem when you begin to practice meditation is that you can easily feel frustrated because yes, it is hard at the beginning and no, it doesn’t come naturally. The mind speaks way too loud and it is a difficult job to shut it up. But the good news is that practice leads to perfection and once you find the technique that works best for you, the sky is the limit!
I invite you to come with me on this journey. In the following weeks I’ll be sharing some tips and talking about my own experience and the things that I’ve been learning on my path. I hope that my story can help and motivate you. I don’t consider myself a meditation expert and I am far, far away from where I want to be in this subject but that’s the beautiful thing about learning… the journey is as exciting as reaching the end.
I’ll leave you today with this cute video from Martin Boroson called “One moment meditation“. Boroson teaches us that meditating can be very simple and that we can start… right now!
A bit about me…
I’m a Jungian Psychologist and BodyTalk practitioner. I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, but spent most of my life moving around with my parents and sisters due to my father’s work. So at the age of 23 I had accumulated the exciting figure of 2 countries, 5 cities, 21 houses, 11 schools, 2 universities and a lot of friends from a variety of cultures and languages. Then I thought it was time to begin my own story and stayed in Brasília, where I still live with my husband and Dexter, our cat. This awesome life experience shaped my worldview and taught me two important things: (1) to travel is to live and (2) the outside world is a small place; what is big is the world each person carries inside. To dive into our own inner world is, for me, the biggest of all adventures!