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Yesterday, I thought meditation was beyond me and I’ll still swear up and down that yesterday’s topic was HOOEY. Today, I felt a lot better about it. It’s amazing what happens when you can connect to a topic. I didn’t notice the time go by and only lost the mantra a couple of times. I didn’t even need to stop and complain that I couldn’t pronounce the mantra – how is that for progress? I felt relaxed for the first time since trying meditation. One thing that made a huge difference was that I decided to listen and do the meditation first instead of rushing to take notes at the beginning and end. I didn’t worry that I was missing anything and I was already in the place where I was going to meditate insteading of hitting pause and rushing to the spot. It got me off to a much better start.
Oprah began the meditation welcoming us to week 2. She just explained that this week, we would concentrate on activating our energy centres or chakras. I really enjoyed the Oprah/Deepak explanations as they taught me a lot more about chakras including what they are. DC explained that in Western medicine, anatomy and brain maps are used to guide us through the various systems of the body. Chinese medicine maps the nervous system using an energy flow or chi (not the hair straightener) to track the chakras. There are seven major chakras and security is the first. He compared the chakras to a generator but this is powered by spiritual energy which is intelligent, not a physical energy. Today’s chakra is the one that will help make your dreams a reality by not letting anything stand in your way.
The location of the security chakra is the base of the spine. This is the energy flow that allows us to feel grounded, safe and secure and is also known as the root chakra because we are rooted in the body, mind and spirit. I thought that his ending was really powerful today. He reminded listeners to take some time to think about activities that are inside and outside of our comfort zones. When we experience something that is outside of our comfort zone, you are supposed to think about a time and place where you felt secure and safe and imagine these feelings becoming bigger until they encompass the discomfort completely. This activates the chakra so that you can feel secure even in uncomfortable situations.
Totally not hooey today. When I fly, where I experience my greatest fear, I calm myself through ativan, ok and rituals. I get myself settled, tap the floor with my foot progressively harder each time to ensure that the plane feels solid, get a People magazine, and once we start to taxi down the runway, I do the crossword puzzle. These rituals are my meditation. I may even ask my grandparents in heaven to keep me safe. These little things all make me feel more secure. All rituals and mantras go out the window when a bee or wasp comes anywhere near me – then I just close my eyes, grab at the person next to me, even if I barely know them, and beg them to get rid of the insect. No amount of meditation is going to help with that one. I do think, however, that using meditation or thinking about the centering thought may be helpful in other situations that may be uncomfortable. A lot of this goes back to what I’ve learned from this Dr. Oz experience, and that is being mindful or at least making the attempt to in everything that you do.
Today, I am grateful that I was able to get my hair done, see a good friend and learn to appreciate meditation. An embarassment of riches.
Gratefully and meditatively yours,