I used to loathe meditation. Even the term made me uncomfortable.

Sitting, alone and quiet, just focusing on my breath for what seemed like hours on end was as close to torture as I could stand.

I would try it, halfheartedly anyway, and after a minute or so conclude that while other people may be able to do this mediation thing — I was not one of them.

But when health crisis after health crisis came knocking on my body’s door and everyone from my physical therapist to surgeon suggested I give it a shot, I knew I had to find a way to overcome my meditation avoidance once and for all.

Doing everything in my power to avoid mediation wasn’t helping me in any way, and my body was practically begging for it with its outbursts.

It took me some time to realize it, but I was subconsciously avoiding meditation because I was terrified to connect with the true me. The me underneath all of the chatter and busy-ness, the me who knew that my life had to be radically changed in many ways, ways that I was afraid of even though the deeper part of me knew that the changes needed would serve me wonderfully. 

So, I had to get sick — repeatedly — to finally commit to a daily meditation practice.


You however do not have to go that route. There is an easier way for you — it’s my hope that my story of stubbornness will inspire you to bypass all of the drama and cut right to bliss.

Now, after having a daily meditation practice for the past seven years, I can see that it was only when I fully committed to a daily meditation practice that my life began to change for the better.

I began to feel more peaceful, my life flowed more, I had less body aches, pains and disturbances, I had more clarity. My intuition expanded and I knew things that I could not have known before.

Now, when I meditate I feel like I’m plugging in to my Higher path, to my Highest guidance and I feel a tremendous amount of support and love. But it took me some time (probably that stubborn thing again!) to get there, but now that I’m here I wish it for everyone.

Here’s how the meditation chain of progress works:

  • Daily meditation brings more peace and relaxation into your life (a recent Harvard study also shows that it increases your brain intelligence too — so that’s a bonus win!).
  • This consistent, daily relaxation creates a releasing of resistance (i.e. stubbornness, fighting, self-sabotage, etc).
  • A releasing of resistance allows what is meant to be yours — like good health, living a life you love, loving relationships, and so on— to flow to you.
  • When you allow what is part of your path to flow to you, you feel fantastic.
  • When you feel fantastic and are free of the majority of your resistance — you can then better hear/know/feel (depending on your primary intuitive gift — and everyone has intuition!) your inner guidance.
  • This releasing of resistance and intuitive clarity allows you to take action to shift your life again and again into a place that is more aligned for you.

The biggest misnomer with meditation is that it has to take hours on end. That you must sit quietly for an hour to receive the benefits and that your mind must be totally blank and clear for the meditation to “work.”

All of this is false. Just from 11 minutes a day of meditation you will notice a shift in your life and in your body and mind.


Don’t worry about your mind being silent, that’s impossible anyway for anyone. Allow yourself to focus on deep breathing — inhaling through the nose, exhaling out the mouth and just be as present as you can be.

It’s okay if life stuff pops in or you remember that you need to get paper towels at the grocery store. Just breathe into it.

There are also lots of guided meditation options that can support you in soothing your mind and remaining in a more relaxed state.

Just like with anything in life, follow what feels best to you each day. Some days I love sitting quietly, other days I need to have a guided meditation — my mood or emotions let me know what I need.

At this point, I crave my meditation time. I don’t make big decisions without taking whatever it is into meditation.

I know that in that quiet my intuitive clarity will come forth and give me what I need to know. I know that taking time to breathe and relax into anything and everything in my life means I will have a more enjoyable life experience. I know that in that stillness is where the true me is and that’s the person I want running my life show.

So join me now: set your timer for 11 minutes (11 is the number of divine alignment after all), close your eyes, take some nice deep breaths — inhaling through the nose, exhaling out the mouth, place a hand on your belly and a hand on your heart and get to it. 

You’ll be glad you did.



Heather Kristian Strang

Heather Strang is a spiritual teacher, mentor and author. Her books include The Quest: A Tale of Desire & Magic (currently optioned as a feature-length film), Following Bliss, And Then It Was You, and Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems. She has written for and been featured in The Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, The Oregonian, and Portland Monthly. Learn more at heatherstrang.com.