Boris Pasternak captured it so brilliantly with his words, ‘When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.’
Ah yes, the missed opportunity. Chances are you were so busy at the time, you were not even aware an opportunity had revealed itself.
The noise and constant movement in our busy, modern world often distracts us from recognising opportunities when they arrive. It also dampens our ability to pick up on the subtle messages we once received quite intuitively through our inner guidance or what some may refer to as that ‘gut‘ feeling.
So how do we reawaken our intuition and tune into our subconscious to become more aware of the opportunities constantly placed before us?
We need to remove the noise, remove the distractions and come back to base, come back to ourselves and trust in what we find within.
We do this through meditation, by finding the space between our distracting thoughts and resting peacefully in the quiet.
To do this you may like to find yourself a quiet, comfortable place where you can minimise distractions.
You may like to play some soothing music to help you relax or you may prefer to practise a silent meditation to allow you to tune into any subtle ‘messages’ that your intuitive self may receive during your meditation.
Begin your practice by gently closing your eyes and turning your focus to your breath, breathing gently in and out through your nostrils at a gentle and natural pace.
Notice the natural flow of your breath, the gentle rise and fall of your chest and belly as you breathe.
Give yourself a few moments here to settle and relax. Encourage yourself to disconnect from the distractions of your day. To do this you may like to imagine yourself walking from a dark room to a light room and closing the door behind you. Imagine that you have left all the distractions and stressors of your day behind you in the dark as you walk forward into the light.
Now, bring to mind Boris Pasternak’s quote from earlier, ‘When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.’
Bring your awareness to your beating heart, the pulse of the lifeblood flowing through you.
Begin to deepen your breath as you focus on the pulse within you.
Draw your breath deep into your diaphragm, feeling the belly rise and then the chest rise. As you exhale feel the chest fall and the belly settle back gently.
Sit comfortably in the stillness and allow the regular rhythm of your breath to help you relax and be more receptive to any thoughts, ideas or inspiration that enters your mind.
You may find inspiration comes quickly or you may find nothing at all. Either way it is perfectly okay. I always encourage those who enjoy meditation to hold no expectation of their practice, to simply remain open to inspiration if it comes and avoid judgement if it does not. It is important to allow your practice to be what it will be.
Spending time in meditation will raise your awareness, allowing you to be more open to receive guidance, gain inspiration and tune into opportunity as it knocks upon your door.
You never know, it may even guide you to the harbour to help you discover your ship of opportunity as it sails on in.