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WHY I MEDITATE REDISCOVERING PEACE
“I found this level of clarity I had never experienced before.”
It’s easy to get caught up in a busy schedule and lose track of time. That happens to me almost every day. But no matter how hectic things get, I take 20 minutes to myself twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. I close my eyes, clear my mind, and practice mindful meditation. I’ve been meditating since I was a kid, and it’s something I recommend everyone experience for themselves. If I’m being honest, I got into meditating for a pretty silly reason. In college, I was dating this girl whose brother was really into transcendental meditation. Members of the transcendental meditation movement claim that meditating can unlock superhuman powers, like levitation. This girl swore she once walked in on her brother while he was meditating and saw him floating a couple inches off his bed. Now, I don’t know if her brother really floated, but college me thought that sounded pretty cool. I broke open the phone book, found a couple in my area who led the local branch of the transcendental meditation movement, and called them up. I was blown away after just the first session. Meditating had been much easier than I’d thought it would be. My brain went right into the rhythm, and I came out of it feeling very calm and relaxed. I found this level of clarity I had never experienced before. Almost 40
years later, I’ve never levitated, but I still make time to meditate every day.
the mantra my teachers taught me years ago because I met a very spiritual woman who taught me a new mantra that connected to my religious beliefs. This mantra, which I don’t share with anyone, is personal and powerful. I’ve been using it for 20 years. Since that first session in college, I’ve only missed maybe two meditation practices. On those days I didn’t meditate, I could really notice the difference: I felt terrible, scatterbrained, and tired. Because meditation changes your brain chemistry, it’s a lot like running — when you skip a run, you really miss it. Meditation is truly amazing, and I believe everyone can benefit from the practice. Through meditation, we have the opportunity to connect with who we are as beings and become more grounded in ourselves and the world. Meditation makes you happier by making you feel a little more at peace with the world.
Setting aside the claims of levitation or astral projection, meditation has a real impact on our mind and body. For example, research published in the journal Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience found that mindful meditation greatly improves a person’s focus and attention. Other scientific studies found evidence that suggests meditation helps decrease depression and anxiety, improves restful sleep, reduces stress, and helps with managing pain. Over decades of meditation, I have experienced many of these benefits myself. There are a few different techniques for meditation. Transcendental meditation, what I practice, involves clearing your mind and repeating a mantra inside your head. You don’t repeat the mantra out loud, and anytime you catch your mind wandering, you just forgive yourself and come back to the mantra. Whatever mantra you use, it should be something that speaks to you on a deeper level. For example, I stopped using
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