18 May My Experience with Meditation
The following is an excerpt from my book “True Happiness: 4 Practices to Promote Inner Peace and Simple Guides to Carry Them Out:”
When I first began trying out meditation, there was no way I was sitting still and silent for more than a second or two. I searched the internet for information about meditation, and began listening to guided meditations, mainly in the form of podcasts. They were great help in falling asleep quickly and easily each night.
Over time I read books on Zen, and Buddhism in general, and even got into binaural beats for a while (which was interesting and helpful for a bit as well, as I think these were the first meditations I did without the goal of falling asleep).
I then found a handful of meditation mp3s from a few teachers online that were from the yogic tradition, that I practiced fairly regularly during waking hours. I had no idea yoga had anything to do with meditation at that point.
At the end of 2010 I really wanted to take one of two online meditation courses. I wanted to kick things up a notch, as I had gained a little peace of mind from the guided meditations I been practicing and knew there was the potential of greater benefit if I could get in the habit of daily practice.
After thinking on it for a while, and asking my then wife for her opinion, I decided to go with the slightly cheaper and much shorter course. It was 5 days of one hour video classes that were more about our perception and base ways we go about life, with some short guided meditations included.
It sparked something though, because within a week of finishing the course I had decided on a simple mantra meditation practice and started getting up slightly earlier each day to meditate for 5 minutes.
Over the course of the next few months I expanded that time and was meditating for 10-15 minutes each morning. I went further in this particular group’s offerings, since it was so influential to me, and participated in a meditation course that taught a specific set of practices which took around 20 minutes.
Over the next year and a half I practiced this daily, sometimes twice a day. My life changed dramatically. I should say my perception of my life changed dramatically. I was smiling more often, and laughing from my belly more often as well. I was more helpful to those around me, and so on.
My meditation practice has continued to evolve since then as I continue to learn.
If you need help with creating a regular meditation practice the guides in my book may be useful. If you would like me to personally coach you through 30 meditation practice to help you create a habit of meditation daily, use the contact page to get in touch.