by Anna Ervin
There’s been a lot of talk around the date December 21st lately, when Jupiter and Saturn are scheduled to meet in alignment, creating a celestial event that only happens every 20 years. Making the phenomenon even more rare is the fact that the last time these planets were illuminated this brightly during a conjunction was the year 1226 and on top of that, it’s also Winter Solstice.
Organizations and individuals all over the globe have been making plans to utilize this cosmic energy in order to raise their vibrations and shift into a new plane of existence through meditation. My Facebook Events page has been flooded with invites to various virtual meditation efforts, and it seems like no matter what platform I turn to, someone is reminding me to clear my schedule on the 21st.
Listen, I’m a big believer in astrology. Nature, humanity and spirituality are all so divinely connected, so is it really that far out there to believe that the evolution of our universe is written in the stars?
Benefits of Meditation
Even if you don’t believe in zodiac signs and horoscopes, science has proven that meditation has many benefits for mental health and overall wellness.
According to an article by Harvard Health Publishing, JAMA Internal Medicine reported in 2014 that meditation can help alleviate anxiety, pain and depression. The article went on to state that for individuals with depression, “meditation was about as effective as an antidepressant.”
Personally, I believe that if every single human being practiced meditation in some form, the world would be a much healthier place.
The Maharishi International University published that over 60 years ago “Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted that one percent of a population practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique would produce measurable improvements in the quality of life for the whole population.”
Just 15 years later, studies on the topic were in full swing and by 1984 experts had found that “acts of global terrorism resulting in fatalities and injuries were reduced by 72%.” I’m sorry, please excuse the drama while I reiterate – SEVENTY-TWO PERCENT. That’s huge!
In recent years, Personable Media reported that over 600 studies have been executed on the phenomenon, and “the evidence overwhelmingly correlates synchronized group prayer and meditation having extremely positive social, political and economic benefits to the world.”
If a collective group meditation is that powerful on its own, imagine bringing in thousands of additional people to practice across the globe, and pairing it with one of the biggest cosmic events of the year. And after a year like 2020, it comes as no surprise to me that so many people are seeking a little closure and clarity before slipping into a new chapter.
Meditation Tips for Beginners
I recognize that even though meditation has been around for thousands of years, the practice has only just begun to increase in popularity over the last few centuries. A lot of people want to give it a try, but just aren’t sure how. The one thing I’ve learned through my own practice is that it’s really a lot simpler than we make it out to be. So with that, I’ll leave you with a few tips to help you get started:
Prepare your Space
Light a candle, clear your space with a smudge stick or affirmation, and grab your headphones so you can listen to Solfeggio Frequencies during your practice.
Set an Intention
Setting an intention isn’t a necessary part of meditation, but I do feel that it benefits me personally. I typically choose a word, number, or affirmation to focus on, repeat it for a moment, then let it go.
Focus on Breathing
Start by simply noticing the natural way that you breathe. Once you feel comfortable, practice visualizing the air filling your body and then leaving your system. As you inhale, picture your breath traveling down into your stomach, then climbing back up your spine as you exhale and empty. If you find yourself frustrated or flustered, simply return to your natural rhythm.
Just be Present
Sometimes my mind just won’t quit. When this happens, I try to just bear witness to the thoughts that do surface – allowing them to flow without getting attached to any one thing. Its okay if it’s not easy at first, it’s not meant to be. If you get stuck, return to your intention or affirmation.