Meditation is not only working with thoughts, or structuring yourself in a pose to look like a statue. Sometimes it doesn’t look blissful, or Zen.
Meditation is not always a mental, intellectual, structured thing that only smart people do.
For me, at times meditation is an outpouring of the heart, a reconciliation with the gritty details of your life.
Becoming like a wet noodle in front of my shrine. Talking like a crazy person to my gurus. Or breaking down in front of them into a thousand pieces and just crying.
Sometimes it’s not about breath counts or advanced yogic techniques but simply letting the tears roll down.
Sometimes we need to ditch the meditation beads for a tissue box. Blowing your nose becomes the sacred sound. That is meditation sometimes.
And that is very sacred too. It’s not something to feel sad about or to be ashamed of. It’s something to be grateful for.
This is exactly when we most need to meditate: when we feel like running.
Meditate even when it feels unproductive.
Meditate even when it feels too raw to be open.
Meditate even when we feel like we can’t stand ourselves another minute.
Meditate even when we think we don't need to meditate.
Adrian Molina has been teaching yoga continuously since 2004. He is a well-known and respected instructor in Miami and New York, with an extensive worldwide following through his platform and school of yoga, Warrior Flow. Adrian and his husband Dennis reside in Miami and frequently lead workshops and international retreats in NYC and around the world. Adrian is also a writer, massage therapist, Reiki healer, meditation teacher, sound therapist, and a Kriya yoga practitioner in the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda. Adrian is recognized for the community-building work he does in Miami and beyond.