Welcome to Part 2 of my story. Last time I left off saying that I’d just discovered meditation and decided to try this practice.
So, on that first day I decided I would do it, I set my alarm for 5:30am and was determined to stay committed to this. I did get up that early on that day, and let me tell you, it was pretty tough. But I knew I had to do it at this time, when everything was still quiet, before the hustle of the morning started to get ready for work.
I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew enough about meditation that I knew I had to focus on my breathing and stay “present”. So that’s what I did. I don’t remember how long I did this for, but it must have been around 20-30 minutes. I just went with my own feeling of when I’d done “enough”.
That’s how my meditation practice began. And I haven’t looked back since. I started with just paying attention to my breathe. And anytime my mind would wander, I would gently release those thoughts and bring my attention back on the breathe.
Seems like a pretty simple thing that makes you wonder, “Does that really do anything for you”, but I still remember the way I felt after that first meditation practice. I felt so calm and at ease. It was so peaceful. I’d found that inner peace I didn’t know I was looking for. It felt great, and despite the early wake up call to do this, I was hooked and started waking up early enough to meditate every single day.
This marks the beginning of my conscious spiritual journey. I say “conscious” because we are all on a spiritual journey, whether we are aware of it or not. No one is exempt from the spiritual principles. It’s just whether you are consciously aware of how you can use these principles to improve your life.
As the Universe would have it, once I opened up this door to spirituality, many more doors appeared for me. They were in the forms of spiritual teachers and thought leaders that I started to discover on Facebook and YouTube. People like Gabby Bernstein, Marianne Williamson, and Dr. Wayne Dyer, to name a few.
I was amazed at the profound words they spoke. Everything they taught made so much sense to me. I was obsessed with watching their videos. I was soaking everything I was learning.
I also started learning about chakras, and started reading Anodea Judith’s famous book “Wheels of Life”. Shortly afterwards, I found out that she was coming to my city to teach a 4-day training on chakra yoga. I was SO excited!! I felt like I HAD to go. So I did. And the experience was amazing.
Remember how I mentioned in Part 1 of my story, that I became a certified holistic nutritionist? Well during this whole period of my own spiritual journey, I was starting and building up my business as a nutritionist.
If you’re reading this and you are an entrepreneur too, then you know and can appreciate the steep learning curve that comes with starting a business. I was blogging, taking all sorts of courses to learn how to build traffic to my website, build my email list, and the list goes on and on.
I was also developing my signature program. What started as something solely based on nutrition, turned into something more mindset related, which then turned into a combination of nutrition, mindset and spirituality. The more I was learning and growing myself, the more I wanted to teach the concepts I’d learned to help others on their own journey of healing from chronic illness.
Let me be honest here and say that despite all my effort into creating an amazing program and experience for my clients, I felt stuck. I wasn’t achieving the success I wanted. It got to a point where I felt I was working tirelessly, yet not much was coming into fruition.
Stay tuned for Part 3 to find out what I did next to change this…