Meditation Changed Me.
Meditation – that’s that sitting thing for monks, yogis and hippies, right? I mean really, who has the time? You don’t understand, my To-Do List is a mile long, there are other, more important things I need to do! Like sleep, or the dishes, or return that phone call…
Yeah, me too. And yet, here I am. Three weeks into daily meditation. Beaming and feeling the need to share with all you normal, busy folks, how meditation changed me.
First, I need to admit two guilty secrets:
- There is a quiet little hippy hiding inside me who wants to go live in the trees
- I frickin’ LOVE Oprah.
Why are these relevant to my meditation story?
Because, full disclosure, I was already doing some regular yoga and mindfulness stuff and kinda felt like I’d done a lot of work getting my shit together (shout out to osteo, kinesiologist and mentor). I didn’t feel like I NEEDED meditation.
And, Oprah and Deepak Chopra (cue OM sounds) created a three-week guided meditation series on Gratitude. It was free, so the Gen-Y’er in me, actually read the email and signed up.
There are a lot of people who know me who will find the Oprah thing hilarious. But I don’t mean the TV-show, we’re-giving-everybody-a-car-Oprah. I mean the centred, graceful woman who is grateful for her many blessings on a daily basis. The women who wears her history on her sleeve and will tell anyone who will listen that she achieved her blessings because she was able to tap into HERSELF and make decisions, without knowing what the outcome would be, my knowing and trusting what FEELS right for her.
So, Oprah was my tipping point in dedicating some time to trying this meditation thing. After all, it was only 3 weeks, and I didn’t have to persist with it…
But then this happened:
- My breathing slowed down. It was slower, smoother, shallower: I didn’t feel so desperate for air.
- My blood pressure dropped and my heart rate plummeted – by about 15 beats per minute!
- My posture improved (15 years in Osteopathic knowledge and all I needed was 3 weeks of sitting for 20 minutes a day)
- I got to sleep faster, slept deeper and slept shorter (hey presto, more time during the day for that To-Do List)
- I noticed the beauty in more of the little things (I’d like to think I was already pretty at this one, but it has definitely increased)
- I found myself smiling during the day for no good reason. Yes, really.
- I stopped using sarcasm
- I sent a lot of heartfelt text messages telling people that I love them. For no reason, with no agenda.
- I can now think about my teens with less anger and hurt (this is HUGE)
- I feel my dad beside me (HUGER)
- I feel more patience, love and compassion for the amazing woman that is my mother and feel thankful for everything she taught me (thank god she doesn’t understand technology and won’t read this, she wouldn’t cope)
- I now notice all the things the man beside me DOES do, rather than harping on the things he doesn’t (I have two legs and a heartbeat, lets be honest, I could mow the lawns myself). I’ve given him the space to be himself. I believe in him fully. We’re communicating better. (I wonder if he’ll read this…I think he'll cope)
21 days. Three weeks. I reckon that’s an amazing list for an incredibly short period of time.
Needless to say, I will be continuing my meditation practice. With those results, I’d be crazy not to! I’m curious to see what else unfolds…
My hope? My hope is that perhaps my experience is your tipping point…
(an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another).