• Susan Lee Woodward

A Heart Centered Meditation


"All is well, even when it seems unbelievably unwell." ~ Adyashanti


I took this photo in 2018 when I was in Thailand. I was at a crossroads in my life then, as I am now. I spent the day alone, visiting a few of the local temples in Chang Mai after a long tour of hiking, biking, and walking. I was fresh out of the hospital with a prescription for antibiotics for an aggressive bacterial infection from eating some undercooked pork.


I kneeled before the alter and I started to cry. I was sick in a foreign country, felt very alone, and things weren't going according to my plans. This trip was supposed to be a fabulous way to start my 60th trip around the sun. I didn't want to come home and I didn't want to stay.


I assumed the position and started to meditate. I was looking for resolution to my predicament and needed clarity. I was feeling very sorry for myself. I became remarkably still and very calm. I don't think it was a coincidence that a temple frequented by tourists was conspicuously empty for the time I was there - about 20 minutes. I cried, then I got quiet, then I let my mind settle. After about 15 minutes, I heard a voice inside my head - "All is well even when it seems unbelievable unwell". It was a quote I remember Adyashanti saying. I smiled. It's funny how a moment in time can inextricably change the way you see.


So here's the remarkable part of the story. This temple (as many others are) was lined with resin, lifelike, meditating monks along either side, facing the alter. I thought I was alone. As I exited the building, past the gauntlet of gatekeepers, I caught a flicker of eye movement from a monk. He was there, in amongst the background, sitting still, watching me. He saw me fall apart and he participated in my meditation journey by vicariously helping to put me back together. There is not a doubt in my mind that he sent the message to me that I heard Adyashanti say so many years before. We locked eyes for only a second, but the exchange was implanted in my brain permanently.


This is how energetic connection works. I have never spoken to this man with words, and we've never met through normal intercourse. We did however, exchange a vibrational frequency of compassion. That's how intuition works. It's the gateway to heart centered connection with others and with yourself.

I left the temple feeling lighter, at ease, and knowing that all would be well, no matter what.


So, today I find myself in a personal, very difficult dilemma that will require fortitude and strength of character to work through with trust, honesty, and grace. I really don't want to do it. But..now that I am backed into a corner, I will use the wall for support. I am scared of the powerhouse foe that awaits me, but I will stay strong and do what is right. I will play this chess game but, I will do it on my terms.


~ Susan Lee Woodward

Medical Intuition,Reiki, Laughter Yoga, Meditation


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