Prayer and meditation go hand in hand as they are very similar. One focuses heavily on the brain, while the other focuses on the body. As you progress and master each practice individually, you will find that both prayer and meditation begin to link to one another as both seek out their opposites. This means that meditation will connect to the mind, and prayer will affect the body. These key characteristics define how prayer and meditation work together in your life to bring you balance and wellness.Read more
Okay, so I have already admitted it once but here goes again, I think I am a Oprah fan. My mother used to watch Oprah when I was a child and I never really got into the show. I take that back, I did watch Oprha’s favorite things, those were entertaining. Anyway, here I am 30 something and I, like my mother, am watching Oprah, the Oprah Winfery Network.
As I expressed in a previous post I am really hooked on the OWN’s Supper Soul Sunday segments, they are inspiring and enlightening. I highly recommend this segment to moms; it helps add a little bit more renewal/rejuvenation to the week. I DVR the segment and then enjoy watching 20 minutes here and there during the course of a week. I have to be honest; besides Super Soul Sundays I have not seen much of the programs offered on OWN. I wish she had an inspiring program to watch around 1 or 2pm, when the kiddos nap, that would be nice (Oprah, if you are reading, yeah right!? Please consider adding a mommy friendly program in the afternoon).
I did happen to catch Oprah’s Next Chapter late last night thanks to our toddler (she is at the end of a cold and her coughing wakes her up from a deep sleep and then it takes a few minutes to calm her back to sleep). So, I started flipping through the channels hoping to find something appropriate for her little eyes in case she glanced up. And I came across OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter where she was visiting Fairfield, Iowa which is classified as one of the safest, greenest and most unusual communities in America. I had hoped to fall asleep to the program but instead I found myself captivated. In Fairfield there are two large golden domes that have the capacity to hold thousands of residents, one for women, and the other for men. The residents’ of Fairfield meditate twice a day in those large domes. It was fascinating to watch the women flock to the dome at 5pm for meditation. They dropped everything, calls, appointments, etc. and focused entirely on mediation. Some meditated for 20 minutes other for as long as 2 hours. It was amazing, people from various background, religious backgrounds, ethnicities, etc. congregating in one large dome to meditate.
They were practicing transcendental meditation (T M). The following is from the website, www.TM.org
Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It’s not a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. It’s the most widely practiced, most researched, and most effective method of self-development.
What happens when you meditate?
The Transcendental Meditation technique allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought — pure awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness, or the unified field. This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness — your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.
How many people practice the TM technique?
More than five million people worldwide have learned this simple, natural technique — people of all ages, cultures, and religions — making it one of the most popular of all meditation techniques.
There are also amazing health benefits. See what Dr. Oz has to say regarding the latest studies related to TM.
The idea is very appealing to me. I practiced HypnoBirthing with my last child. I would basically meditate for 45 minutes a day for the last 4 months of my pregnancy. Well, actually it was more of a self-hypnosis exercise but it involved me laying down and listening to a CD each day. I would listen to the CD and overtime I formed a place in my mind, a safe, tranquil, heavenly place in my mind, and it worked! I was so relaxed during those last few months of pregnancy and the day of delivery the self-hypnosis worked. I stopped after the birth of our third, there wasn’t a reason to continue, and it served its purpose. However I do miss it, I miss the calm it helped me achieve in the afternoon. I miss how clear-headed it helped me become, I miss shutting down all screens and all worries and just being.
I am thinking about giving this meditation a try, maybe not necessarily TM but some form of meditation. It would simply be a time set aside for my mind to shut down, sometimes I feel like I am in overdrive, it would be nice to reboot and achieve a more refreshed me.
Have you ever heard of TM? Do you meditate or have you thought about starting? What are your thoughts on Mediation?