Clients often ask me, “How do I find more stillness in my life?” Many people in this modern day find their lives full of stress and busyness, without any time to rest and recuperate. These times of going inward and deeply relaxing are so essential, not only because they give our nervous systems a time to quiet down, but also because they help us to remember our basic state of wholeness.
In answer to my clients’ question, I often suggest a form of embodied meditation. Midline Meditation is a practice developed by Sandra Norris Wheeler, LMT, based on her lengthy studies of Biodynamic Cranial Touch. It is unique among meditation practices in that it brings our awareness “down and in” to our bodies, rather than “up and out.” By arriving more fully into our physical body – more specifically, into our body’s ‘midline’ or core – we both relax nervous tension and return to our natural ‘home’ of awareness: the center of our heart. With our awareness resting in and expanding from our heart center and our midline, a great wisdom is available to us. In fact, we begin to remember that we can be guided by our hearts and our ‘body-felt sense’ as we navigate our lives.
By practicing Midline Meditation regularly, we can train ourselves to rest more in our hearts, and less in the busyness of our heads. The mind is a powerful tool, but in our culture we have been taught to rely too much on our thoughts, at the expense of our natural gifts of body-felt wisdom, heart guidance, and intuition.
Making the transition from a head- to a heart-centered way of life has many benefits. Those who practice Midline Meditation often find greater ease in moving through life, encounter less stress, and are able to make decisions with greater ease and confidence. Not to mention that feelings of love, well-being, and acceptance often become more frequent and easily accessible.
You can pick up a wonderful audio CD of Sandra Wheeler’s guided Midline Meditation at your next healing session.
Trainings in both Midline Meditation and Biodynamic Cranial Touch are available on an ongoing basis in Bend and Ashland, OR. Please contact us for more information. Here are the flyers from two recent events for more information: