I was introduced to meditation five years ago ~ as if by chance.
In that first meditation I discovered a deep awareness of inner peace and happiness, and a new freedom that was beyond anything I had experienced up till then. The freedom from experience, as well as from the happiness and unhappiness brought about by experience, is inspiring and empowering; so much so that meditation is an integral part of my life now. The ability to retreat even for a moment and watch, as situations, thoughts, judgements, conclusions, and emotions wash over me, is mind-blowing.
My daily meditation practice helps me in recognizing mental narratives and patterns of self-judgement, doubt, and insecurity, as well as external interpretations such as criticism and stress. Through expanding the awareness that I am always the watcher, the witness of whatever is happening, I come to know that ~ no matter what is going on around me ~ I am free.
"Freedom is your own true nature. You must own it."