Part 1 - Laying the foundation of transformation
I started meditating many years ago. However, I can’t say that I really practiced it until about 5 years ago. I was a dabbler. I would participate in meditation sessions when on a retreat or when I attended various workshops. And I always enjoyed the experience. Closing my eyes, following my breath, listening to the instructor lead us through various guided meditation exercises. While I couldn’t always visualize the special light energy or the magic message box, I always felt much calmer, more relaxed and definitely more clear minded. I enjoyed the experiences, but didn’t really incorporate it into my life. I even took a Primordial Sound Meditation training class in 2001 with my husband and then 10 year old son. We were each given our primordial sound mantra to help us focus our thoughts and calm our monkey minds. After learning this technique, I would occasionally take time in the mornings to ‘practice’ my meditation. And while I found that it did help me to calm my mind and manage my stress levels, I still didn’t really understand the full benefits of what meditation was bringing me.
It wasn’t until in 2013, when I was feeling under appreciated, insignificant and trying to figure out what my next career move should be that I started to really explore meditation. I was starting to read articles about the benefits of various meditation techniques and mindfulness practices. I hadn’t meditated in quite some time so one afternoon I decided to tune into a Deepak Chopra program that I had downloaded on my phone. With earbuds in place, the music started and then Deepak’s deep, gentle voice sounded in my head. He talked about the meditation practice, lead me through some breathing exercises and then transitioned into a simple mantra based meditation. I’m not sure what happened for the next 20 minutes, but I was definitely transported somewhere else. I experienced such peace, joy, tranquility and love, that when I came out of the meditation I was crying. No, I was sobbing tears of joy. I felt like I had reconnected with my soul at such a deep level and that I was surrounded by love and compassion. Needless to say, I was hooked.
I started to explore the 21 Day meditation programs that are offered through the Chopra center and available on the app (now downloaded on my phone, tablet and anything else that connects to the internet). I started off with the 21-Day Abundance program. My thinking was that I needed to figure out what I wanted to do and that abundance needed to be a part of that. What I learned through that program was that abundance is all around us if only we open our eyes, ears, minds and hearts to recognize it. This set me on a path that allowed me to begin to frame up what I truly wanted in life. I was able to identify and articulate what I valued most and why. Surprisingly it wasn’t about money.
….standby for my next installment to see how I put this all into practice to help reshape my life and find the abundance I was looking for.