I’m life coach and counselor Peter Winslow. When you hear the word “meditation” does it conjure up visions of weird people in flowing robes, eating nuts and berries or chanting strange and eerie tones? Then you might be surprised to learn that no matter who you are, meditation is something you already do on a regular basis.
Ever watch television and lose track of the people in the room around you? Drive a car and lose your memory of the last five miles? Take a nature hike and lose yourself in the grandeur of your surroundings? These are all forms of meditation.
Meditation occurs when we direct the mind and body into a single purpose, the so-called “zone” that athletes refer to. You can “zone” in on anything from relaxation, peace of mind, and health issues to meaningful relationships, financial success, and personal goals.
Some types of meditative practices are great for dropping bad habits like overeating or smoking, and establishing new patterns of behavior like self-care and proper exercise. Yet most people are constantly meditating on their fears and insecurities, and don’t even know it. This type of stress keeps them from decompressing effectively or getting adequate rest.
The most widely practiced, most well researched, and most effective method of self-development is called Transcendental Meditation, or TM. This is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably with your eyes closed. It allows the mind to settle inward beyond thoughts to the source of thought, which is pure awareness. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions with significantly greater coherence and your body rests more deeply than when you are actually asleep.