A morning meditation allows you to begin the day with a sense of calm. At the end of the day, meditation is my daily reboot to rediscover the peace that is omnipresent within me.
What happens when you practice TM (Transcendental Meditation)? Here's a visual to explain:
It has been one of the best investments of my life.
(Originally written in 2015)
The mind is something we have to workout like our bodies. TM has allowed me to deepen my awareness in my day to day, hour by hour existence. I feel as if the learning, reading, sharing, and this entire experience is more efficient now. I am simply getting more out of every moment of life.
I simply find more meaning in every moment.
Too often we get in our own way, and let ourselves drift off course. My increased self awareness (thanks to TM) is helping me see the times when I drift.
I have had so many new epiphanies as a result of my meditation practice, and here are just a few things I've jotted down over the past year since I started TM:
Close your eyes. Remind your mind that it (along with your body) exist for one purpose only: To serve the soul. Let it be your guide. We exist to serve our soul, until this body expires and the soul finds another vessel. Our soul entered this world to be. It’s the proving ground. It is up to us to play full out, learn from our experiences... So embrace every experience, release judgment of whether the experience is good or bad. Truthfully there is aren't good or bad experiences, only new and old ones.
Be kind & have fun,
"I never let my life get in the way of my meditation." - This is because the goal of mediation is not meditation itself - rather to live life between meditations with greater presence. This is what makes meditation an impersonal act. It's never selfish to meditate because mediation makes you a better person for the benefit of others and the world as a whole.
I think I've always had an issue with self-care because I viewed it as being selfish. So this in a way, this is pretty major realization for me.
The goal of the mantra in meditation is not to find it, but rather lose it. The one thing Vidya wanted us to get was to approach our TM practice effortlessly. The more we try to turn it into a 'workout' the less effective it is.
It's a sense of always being in an enhanced state of awareness - even while meditating or sleeping - we don't 'check out.' Rather we are fully aware of everything happening around us, down to the most minute detail. This takes some of the pressure off your practice. If you feel you're not able to 'get into it' because your are tuned it to everything else that is happening (even your thoughts), you are in a heightened space of awareness and that's a good thing!
It's the minimalists mantra - The reward of this minimalists life is that they find greater enjoyment with less. The trap of maximalism (or consumerism) is that you always crave more, yet enjoy all of it less (while also contributing to the destruction of our planet).
If you want to live twice as long, eat half as much. Instead of 4 meals/day, eat 2. You will find you have more energy and greater focus. You will spend less time on meals, but enjoy them more. Who came up with the concept of breakfast/lunch/dinner anyway? As an intermittent faster, your find that breakfast was never needed and we often eat breakfast out of habit (or because we need a distraction from something else).
If you want to enjoy more, do less.
One thing mediation has done for me is to help me enjoy less, more. By experiencing the finer details of every moment, I am able to find enough joy in the little things. It's not about living a smaller life, it's about freeing myself from the shackles of always wanting more.