I’d like to start my blog with the following statement: ‘I never thought in a million years’ meditation would become a part of my life because the concept was so foreign to me growing up’…
‘Flashback’ In my teen years I thought meditating consisted of people sitting around in a circle, burning incense and chanting out loud whilst praying to their god.
‘Fast forward’ to the present and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m not chanting out load, burning incense, praying to a god or anything like that. I’m being at one with my mind, body and soul.
‘Flashback’ back to September 2015 because that was the pinnacle moment in time when my life started to become ‘less stressful’. This was all due to the fact I started practicing Transcendental Meditation and my mind had become more ‘relaxed and focused’ all at the same time.
‘Flash forward’ to the present and as they saying goes ‘Free your mind and the rest will follow’ …
Since Practicing Transcendental Meditation I have Personally noticed:
- Stress isn’t as prominent
- Anxiety and depression have reduced significantly
- My mental clarity has improved dramatically
- I’m more mentally ‘relaxed’ but ‘focused’ because I’m ‘calmer’ in my mind
- There’s a feeling of peace and inner calm within the mind
- Happiness comes easier
- Little things are irrelevant (I don’t sweat the small things anymore)
- I ‘let go’ easily and quickly with things that would normally upset me and/or bother me
- A more rational thought process has evolved
- Communication skills have strengthened (well most of the time!)
- My vocabulary has improved
- I deal with difficult situations better
- Strategic and analytical thinking has improved
Why Transcendental Mediation works for me:
- I can meditate when it suits me (even on a plane!)
- Due to my traveling schedule I’m still able to meditate anywhere in the world
- I don’t need to wait for a class
- There are no religious attachments
- No incense burning is involved (I choke on the stuff and it gives me anxiety)
- It’s a 20 minute commitment I make to myself daily to ‘relax’ (well most days)
- I learned the basic technique because that’s all I need
- One payment, one time to learn the art of meditation that I can do for life
How Transcendental Meditation works:
I do my meditation in a 20 minute time frame by sitting quietly (preferably in a dark quiet room) and start off with a one word mantra in my mind. There are no rules, no breathing techniques you need to do, there’s none of that stuff it’s about sitting and relaxing. I think that’s why it works well for me because I really struggle with guided meditations. And although you’re meant to do it 2 x 20 minute sessions daily of meditation I find once a day works for me.
How much does Transcendental Meditation cost?
Learning TM cost me $1,425 SGD ($1,000 USD) and from a financial perspective I paid once to learn and now I have the skill for life. I will say they do encourage you to come back and learn ‘higher levels’ just like all organizations and companies everyone’s always trying to ‘up sell’. For me personally, I find the basic meditation is all I need I’m not shopping in Louis Vuitton or Prada ‘needing’ another bag to match the Manolo shoes, know what I mean?…
The great thing about meditation is there are so many different types and practices you don’t have to practice TM. If you are considering meditation, then maybe try a few guided classes and see if you like it. I’ve had friends download guided meditation app for their phones (I can’t say if they are good or not as I haven’t tried them). Try different ones and see what you like, it’s all about what works for you!
I also want to point out I did the TM course before I knew Dr Oz wrote a book on it and it’s the preferred meditation of the celebrity/famous world like Oprah, Ellen, Jennifer Aniston, Hugh Jackman, Paul McCartney, Rupert Murdoch and the list goes on…
So what does the ‘Big 3’ Stress Solutions Puzzle look like when it comes to Transcendental Meditation?
I’ll admit at times I don’t always meditate, I get caught up with things or just don’t feel like it, however, I always get back into it. I know it makes a difference in my life because people around me notice the change in me when I have been meditating and when I haven’t! #ops
My emotional stress is reduced because the mental clarity allows me to communicate more effectively with people. Since meditating I’ve become less cranky, moody, irritable and snappy (just ask my husband!).
As I keep on saying when we reduce the emotional stress we face in our daily lives it reduces the physical stress as well. This has been my experience when dealing with the ‘Big 3’ stressors. Over the course of time, I’ll give examples in other blogs on how meditation has helped me.
Even if you are not sure about meditation give it try and see how you go, you might be pleasantly surprised like I was!
Until next time be thoughtful, be mindful, be present. This is Character 32 doing her best to help you!