Monday, March 26, 2012


I have been trying to meditate more since the beginning of the year. When I can do it, it helps to center me and reminds me not to spend hours of my time dwelling on (read: obsessing over) things I cannot change. Since my diagnosis, however, when I’ve tried to meditate—even for a very short time (1-5 minutes), I’ve found that I can’t get quiet. My thoughts are racing and I am thinking about everything from work meetings to my grocery list. I’ve tried reciting mantras, counting, listening to my breathing, etc. Nothing seems to work. I concluded that my mind is in a loud phase right now because of everything that is going on in my life. I ended the week washing away the stress of the day with prayer and a hot shower instead of sitting in lotus pose fighting to stop my mind from racing.

Then, last night, I saw an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter. The topic was Fairfield, Iowa and the meditation culture that has thrived there. The focus of the show was the benefits of transcendental meditation. By the end of the show, I was ready to try meditation again. Hubby (who doesn’t currently meditate) is on board too. We are going to going to create a small meditation area (we always love a project in our house) in our bedroom or in the rarely used guest room and really set aside time every day to sit in silence and let the day wash off.

I will say that there is all sorts of information on the web and on television about the benefits of transcendental meditation. But, as beneficial as it is supposed to be, there isn’t much on the web about how to do it—at least not for free. For me and my budget, I am going to start by looking for books at the library and for videos on YouTube and see how it goes. Until I am comfortable that I have learned the process, I am going to focus on quieting my mind and sitting in silence.

Any tips on how to take meditation to the next level or stories of how it helped you? Leave a note in the comments section.

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