Perhaps you too are hearing about all the health benefits of meditation. It lowers stress and aging (http://cnn.it/TVbo0M). Oprah and other billionaires swear by it. Are you doing it? I have dabbled in varieties of it, but never the type where you sit quietly, legs crossed, eyes closed, chanting. When fellow dolphin advocate, Russell Simmons, published Success Through Stillness, I read it. It inspired me to give it a real try.
What did I find after several months? Here are just 5 experiential awakenings.
1. My bra is too tight. If you’re a woman, or a man (remember the Seinfeld 'Bro'), wearing a bra right now, go ahead-close your eyes and take a deep “cleansing” breath in. Is it restrained by a piece of nylon mixed with spandex clamped together? See. So, the obvious answer is don’t wear one. Another not freeing option is getting a lounge bra, which SOMA carries.
2. I am SURROUNDED by noise pollution. Simmons suggests that those of us in this predicament may need to try meditating in the bathroom. I tried this, but even there, I could hear cars screaming down the road. Finally, I gave in and meditate where I’m comfortable, acknowledging the noises but letting them be. As I listen to the birds, I’ve come to notice they do more than chirp. They seem to be having meaningful communication. I wonder if they now have to TWOUT over the sounds man has cast into the air.
3. I do and stress over a lot of unnecessary things. A gradual awareness has set in allowing me to see how much STUFF I have around me. I’ve been purging, donating, refusing gifts like never before and feel lighter for it. No longer do I feel the need to fill my calendar with things to do, things to get done. I guess this is what living more in the moment looks like.
4. God Whispers. Those little hints from deep inside your gut come when one is silent and listening.
5. Heaven on Earth is possible. Nirvana, peace, utopia-it can be experienced on this crazy, busy planet. This seems to be the goal of meditation-check out this woman's experience. Video
Have you tried meditating? What has your experience been like?