Have you ever been inspired by a book, a movie, or a person to create more inner peace and self trust? For me that was Elizabeth Gilbert and reading Eat Pray Love in 2008. Spirituality was not at all a part of my life, yet as I read her story of traveling to India and finding God within herself I knew I wanted to try to find that too.
To find my inner peace, I signed up for an overnight silent retreat at a Buddhist temple in Chicago. My journey began by learning a 5 minute counting meditation. The practice is simple and easy for beginners - just breathing and counting. No intimidation. No "God." I wasn't ready or interested in that at the time.
Out of doing this practice for 5 minutes every morning, I began to feel my insides while breathing. I connected to a deeper and richer part of myself beyond the fear and doubt that I otherwise felt all the time. And outside of meditation, I began to see my life more clearly - where I wasn't being true to myself or where I hurt others. It wasn't easy to see these things, but as meditation opened my eyes to my outer pain it also awakened my connection to an inner power to know what I could do in large and small ways to move toward the life and work I truly desired.
If you want to trade your self-doubt for self-trust, try this practice for a week:
You may notice thoughts or get distracted when you start the practice. This is normal. You're noticing what's going on inside you. With time, you become more still and silent. And that's the point - this is medicine to help you unplug from the fear-based thinking of the collective consciousness and plug into a higher frequency of peace and equanimity, and a deeper connection to your own soul and path.
About the Author Hi I'm Gina Marotta, and I can help you step into your higher calling. My unique body of work is about "Feminine Genius" which includes bringing your innate talent + feminine energy (spirituality, creativity, intuition, feelings, and fluidity) into a career focus that changes people's lives for the better. I serve from extensive study in the divine feminine, as well as 20+ years experience as a leader in multiple industries. I have worked professionally as a lawyer, a nonprofit managing director, and an entrepreneur; and I bring all that experience and wisdom to you. You will also find me quoted and interviewed often as a career expert in media outlets like Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, American Bar Association Magazine, Barron's Next Magazine, and WGN Radio.