Even as infants we’re exposed toso much. We’re told how to behave, what to wear, and even who we should be attracted to. While the world is changing (in ways that are long overdue), it seems that everyone still has an opinion (including our friends, family, coworkers, even the media). At times thinking for yourself can feel extremely overwhelming – which is just one of the reasons people can struggle with coming to terms with their sexuality. You’re probably wondering, what does meditation have to do with this? A lot actually.
Meditation can be a great tool for exploring your sexuality and getting closer to your true self. In honor of Pride Month we wanted to invite our community to explore how meditation can aid in realizing, accepting, and/or embracing your sexuality.
Meditation is a practice that has been used in cultures all over the world for thousands of years. It’s intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. There are a lot ofscientifically-backed benefits. Some of our faves include resilience to stress, improved emotional well-being, decreased depression and anxiety, greater compassion for yourself and others, and increased self-awareness.
Here’s something you might find surprising: Many people discovered their sexuality during the COVID-19 lockdown. What’s the deal? For once, people were removed from the hustle-bustle of normal life. There were fewer distractions and more opportunities for quiet time alone. For all that lockdown took away, it did provide space for introspection. If you were lucky enough to stay well, there was an opportunity to justbe without the pressure, expectations, and chatter of others.
This is strangely similar to what happens when you meditate. When youtake the time to sit quietly by yourself or take a walk in nature on your own, both of which are forms of meditation, you make space for awareness - tapping into feelings, emotions, or thoughts that you may have been unconsciously pushing down.
Consider meditation the practice of accepting things just as they are, including yourself. With every thought or feeling you allow to simply be, you’re training yourself to practice acceptance—whether it’s towards your thoughts, your emotions, or your sexuality.
Meditation can be a door that will open you up to experiencing life honestly. When distractions are removed, the truth can arise. Once you make space and allow it to be there, you learn to embrace it. Meditation won’t magically make your life perfect, but it will likely cause you to feel a lot happier and more calm when you’re struggling with something every day, either consciously or unconsciously.