Why I Meditate (includes links for guided meditation)
Posted in Nourishment for the Mind » Meditate on Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Meditate not to escape....but to cultivate an inner stillness that is never disturbed by stress yet always moved by the simplest of pleasures"    Unknown

 

I have always been an energetic (some would say hyper) Type A personality.   Expending all that energy caught up with me shortly after I turned 40.  Between the seemingly non-stop duties of my job (including waking up at 3:30am for almost 20 years) and taking care of my three kids while my hubby worked nights, the schedule eventually wreaked havoc on my body.  I was diagnosed with what my doctor called 'adrenal fatigue'.      womentowomen.com/adrenalfatigue

Fortunately my doctor believed in treating homeopathically. I was slowly healing my adrenals but not at the pace I hoped for.  It wasn't until my doctor prescribed meditation that I noticed changes in my stress levels.  (Yes, she 'prescribed' meditation.  She told me it wasn't optional, it was mandatory that I meditate every day.)  

Like most people when they think of meditation, I felt there was no way I could sit through it.  But, I was determined to get my adrenals back to normal so I researched meditation.  Here's my opinion......

 

For those that have a super busy mind, I would suggest you first try 'guided meditation'.  I'm certain there are a bunch of websites that offer this but here are a couple I'm familiar with. www.chopra.com/our-services/meditation www.timetospa.com/knowledgecenter, www.yogajournal.com/practice/141

Again, there are a gabillion places to learn meditation in the Chicago area, but here is one I'm familiar with.  msi-healing.com.  MSI Healing is founded by Billie Topa Tate (Mescalero Apache).  For more local schools, you can always google 'meditation' with your town to find something in your area.

 

If you are like me, you will fall asleep during your meditation.  After going to a weekend conference with Deepak Chopra, however, I actually experienced the 'stillness' that I had only heard about but never felt.  It only lasted a few seconds but for that short time, I had absolutely no thoughts, no worries, felt weightless and comletely at peace.  If I can accomplish that 'zone', anyone can.  It simply takes practice.  At that time I was meditating 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night.  Now, I do about 20 minutes a day.  

 

I can honestly say that meditation has changed my life.  What used to upset me and get me all charged up, doesn't affect me anymore.  I'm more patient, especially with my kids, and I have a much more positive outlook.  There is no better medication than meditation!

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