Riding Waves and Meditation: Since childhood, we have had a general understanding of ocean waves – waves have different heights, waves travel, waves break with power. We understand that each wave is different, some more powerful than others, coming in sets of 3 or maybe 6.
Ocean waves are energy. Energy that has traveled thousands of miles until reaching the coastline and breaking into whitewater. The highest point of any wave is the crest, while the opposite is the trough. The face, or front of a breaking wave, is the vertical distance between crest and trough.
Just like an ocean wave, every thought and emotion has it’s own signature energy. Your brain is comprised of a tight network of nerve cells, all interacting to generate an electrical field, waves of electrical states being formed by your nervous system. It’s helpful to think of brainwaves as ocean waves – the low frequency waves settle in the trough, with a slow sense of calm, while the higher frequency brainwaves rise in the crest, with excitement and anticipation. The face of the wave is where the higher and lower frequencies mix, cohere and create.
With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, finding time and space to meditate, is a challenge. However, studios like MNDFL, are hoping to make it simpler. MNDFL, New York City’s premier meditation studio, exists to enable humans to feel good. For about $20, you can book your cushion for a 30 minute session within this studio space designed to make you feel like you are at home. The studio features expert teachers from a variety of traditions, offering simple techniques in an accessible manner.
If a group class isn’t your thing, start with a fifteen minute breathing meditation at home to overcome your stress, find balance and inner peace. Settle comfortably, seated or laying down, and begin to cultivate awareness of your thoughts and distractions that arise in the mind. Notice the waves, the troughs, the crests, the energy. With this awareness, gently guide your attention to your breath, seeking its normal rhythm and pace. As you breathe out, let go of the negative and distracting thoughts. As you breathe in, allow positivity to envelope your whole self, acknowledging each blessing and inspiration.
I love riding waves and meditation, and the practice isn’t simply another wellness trend. And there is no right or wrong. It can change your perceptions, patterns and waves. It can change your life. It certainly has changed mine.
Please feel free to connect with us if you would like to learn more about personal yoga sessions or benefits of riding waves and meditation in group sessions.