“Since when do you meditate?” asked my family member with a turned up lip and eyebrow. I must admit, her expression mirrored what I felt whenever the meditation discussion came up with someone.  But, with a smile on my face, my response was “since I realized it’s absolutely necessary to help me relieve my stress, increase my happiness hours and create peace within.” Yes, yes! I’ve  officially been a member of the meditation bandwagon since November 2013. I’m awakening.

Like most people, I’ve heard of all the promised wonders of meditation but was never truly a believer. Or maybe I just did not allow myself to believe it worked. Well alas, I’ve found the light. After my accident last year, and unbeknownst to a lot of people around me, I began to emotionally unravel: heart palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks, and irritability, all of which plagued me during my recovery. Needless to say, it was extremely frustrating, so I decided to beef up my calming routine with prayer, deep breathing and meditation. My prayer is first when I open my eyes. Deep breathing is done at different intervals during the day, and meditation is mostly in the evening.


You realize that all things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace, – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken ~ Echart Tolle

I decided to start with a Deepok Chopra tape, which was given to me by a sweetheart co worker several years ago. I know i’ve been sitting on Deepok for years…yikes! At first it was very difficult, because quieting your mind and being present in the moment is no easy feat. But I was determined to give it my all. It took approximately three months for me for learn to completely focus and be still. It’s almost as if I was a spectator in my mind. During my meditation time, the noise fades, and it gets better and better with time. And I will continue to practice meditation because I value my health and wellness.


So what does it do for me? Well, all the things you’ve heard. Really, it does. In a nutshell it’s helped me:

 Manage and alleviate my stresses: seriously. Take it from an amateur.

Manage my emotions.

♦ Increase my happiness hours.

♦ Helps me focus and be in the present

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