I dedicate to meditate.
One of the best things that my mother ever did for me was to have me trained in transcendental meditation (TM). I was very young at the time. I think she did it because I had severe allergies and she thought that meditation would help alleviate them. All that I remember about my training was that I walked around a table many times.
Over the course of my life I have practiced meditation off and on. Thanks to mom again, I retrained in TM when I was 18 years of age. About seven years ago I found out that my TM teacher was in the same city as I lived, Tampa. He gave me my mantra again and re-instructed me in the practice. For a time I was participating TM with other meditators at his center. I no longer live in that area or practice with other meditators.
I like to meditate best while soaking in a bathtub in the dark – sometimes with a candle burning. I only have a shower right now so that is not a possibility at this time. I know that I don’t need to meditate in a tub – that I can meditate anywhere. What happens when I begin to meditate is that thoughts crowd my brain. As I continue to meditate I am able to get to a place where the thoughts stop. In this place I experience a deep calm and peace like I have never known in any other situation in life. I see purple smoke that moves in swirls in the blackness of my vision. It is the best place I have ever known to exist. I often wonder why I don’t meditate regularly considering that I can be in such a wonderful place when I do meditate.
I know that the benefits of meditation are amazing. The following benefits are listed on the official transcendental meditation site (http://www.tm.org/benefits-of-meditation):
- greater inner calm throughout the day
- reduced cortisol (the “stress” hormone)
- normalized blood pressure
- reduced insomnia
- lower risk of heart attack and stroke
- reduced anxiety and depression
- improved brain function and memory
This is a list of only a small number of the wide range of benefits of meditation. I hope that this information has sparked your interest in meditation. I encourage you to give some kind of meditation a try. It doesn’t have to be transcendental meditation. Attempt to stick with it for awhile because it takes practice to train your brain to slow down and let the thoughts go. It can be frustrating but it is well worth the effort. Here are two things that I want to share that help me when I practice meditation. Do not meditate when you are tired. You’ll probably just fall asleep. Do not lay down to meditate. You’ll be almost guaranteed to go to sleep.
So, I am dedicating myself to practicing transcendental meditation every day for twenty minutes. That can’t be too hard to accomplish. All I have to do is give up some TV time. I watch more TV than I really need to watch anyway. I’ll bet that you can find a way to fit it into your life too.
Enjoy your meditation journeys as I plan to enjoy mine as well.