I wish I could remember who first taught me about meditation. It’s always been essential for me to find that small, still space within since I was very young. Who guided me? What inspired me? How did I know it could reinvent my life?
My first official meditation teacher was Graham Fowler. He’s the yoga guru and owner of Peachtree Yoga in Atlanta (Sandy Springs area.) The method was TM, Transcendental Meditation. To me it was a god-send. After the initiation, I was given my personal, private mantra (a word or sound repeated to aid concentration.) Then, as now, I can slip into that peaceful meditative space in a second or two. It triggers a kaleidoscope of colors behind my closed eyes. Quiet. Comfort. Bliss.
Today I choose from many meditation methods to suit my mood. Some days I focus on prana (life-force energy of the breath.) Other days I’ll use Buddha beads (brought back from my travels to Japan) to count my breaths. Or I’ll listen to guided meditations (free from Deepak Chopra,) review YouTube videos, or apps from meditation specialists. Or I’ll listen to birds while on my deck in the morning (frogs in the evening.) Often I go back to the TM mantra first taught to me by “Meditation Daddy,” Graham Fowler.
Traditional guidelines suggest twenty minutes of meditation, twice a day. I certainly didn’t start out that way. See if you can be quiet and clear your mind for two minutes, then five minutes, and then ten minutes over the course of a few weeks. Be gentle with your mind. Your thoughts are valuable. You just need to unplug for a while and you’ll reboot. I promise. It’s worth the time and effort. It’s an incredible way to reinvent your life.
Gotta go. It’s time to meditate. Miss you Graham. . .