Meditation: A Proven Method for Stress Reduction

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.

–Peter Winslow

Meditations

I’m life coach and transpersonal guide Peter Winslow. Most of you who know me, know I favor the early mornings for meditation. Most learned sages teach that four am, twelve noon and eight pm are the three times of day that provide the best opportunity for tuning in, with four am being the time when we are “nearest to the veil” that separates the material world from the essential realms. This is because everywhere on the planet, four am is the time at which everything is most quiet.

Just before the illuminating rays of dawn, nature rests in a state of flux. Terrestrial balance is stable, cleansed of the previous day’s frenetic energy and the effects of humanity’s dominion and industry. It’s in these early hours that the animal aspects of mind remain in slumber, though a deeper essence is fully awake. For a brief time, sleep has purged the emotional attachments we accumulate, and our subconscious acuity is highly perceptive.

Meditation at this still yet energetically reticulated time of day allows us to connect with inner awareness in a very profound and intimate way. Simple awareness becomes a mirror of worldly consciousness; as we awaken with the planet, we gain the opportunity to purposefully set the tone for the coming day. Even a slight moment of quietude at the muted moments of dawn can put the day into perspective. Each morning, our day’s destiny is not yet fixed, and as such there is nothing we cannot do.

Practice this yourself and discover what the wisest among us have taught from time immemorial: you are deeper than you know, deeper than you can know. It’s in our meditations that we witness the depth of who we truly are.

–Peter Winslow