A great deal has been written about the health benefits of a meditation practice. Thirty minutes twice a day can lower your blood pressure, raise your happiness level, lower your cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and improve your sleep. But is that all it can do? Not in my experience. As I come up on my four year anniversary of a consistent mantra meditation practice, I find that it has manifested change in every aspect of my life from spiritual/ethereal, to emotional/material.
When I began my meditation practice at a Chopra Center retreat in Whistler, British Columbia in July of 2011, I was at the lowest most confused ends of my life. Although the worst trauma of my life was four years in the past I still had not been able to pull myself together, organize my priorities, and initiate the personal healing choices necessary to get on with my life. 100 pounds overweight, depressed more hours of the day than not, and unsure of how to put myself back together while getting my kids through school. Who was I? What did I want? What was my purpose? I had no idea.
I started boxing as a part of my persona physical therapy and when I wanted to celebrate the first 40 pound weight loss calorie free, the opportunity to attend “Seduction of Spirit” crossed my path. At that time Seduction was a 7 day retreat of around 250 people in which you meditated 4-6 hours a day, with people who quickly became “your closest meditating friends”. My shift in this environment was profound, the personal shift happened in the first day or so, by the end of the week I was seeing small synchronicities. Synchronicity is when you and the universe are so on the same page that you think of something and it shows up in your world. You think of an old friend and they call, that sort of thing.
By the time I had been home three weeks I realized how consistent and important the shift was for me. Since that time I can count the number of days I have missed, at least one 30 minute session in a day, on one hand. Every day at least one 30 minute personal mantra meditation session (usually 2). I am stressed I will add another short guided (often musical) meditation using the Gayatri mantra or Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo to refresh my perspective or hit the reset button, when the day has been challenging. But generally, my day includes just the one.
There are some very practical thought experiments (Witches might call them spells) I have created which work in tandem with my practice to yield me materially significant results in the physical world. I will offer two simple experiments for you to try, but bear in mind, consistent practice is the key.
My absolute personal favorite, is a tiny rhyme which always yields me a parking space within seconds of repeating it, unless you are looking in Provincetown in summer: “Hail Mary, full of Grace, Please help me find a parking space.” In Provincetown you may have to wait a little longer but a good one will show up within five minutes. A friend of mine asked me once if I didn't see that poem as sacrilegious, and as I explained to him, not really, sometimes even Mother Mary likes to be asked for little, easily accomplished tasks.
“Energy flows where attention goes”. At our core we are energy beings traveling through an energy based universe, we are more powerful than we can conceive. But one way to get an idea of your power is to play with it. By that I mean, set an intention first thing in the day (perhaps at your first meditation session) to manifest something you want; an unexpected cup of coffee, to find a newspaper or a penny, and then pay attention throughout your day. And a hugely important piece of this whole process is to record your results. I guarantee they will shock you. Guarantee it. You will not believe how many times in a day the universe will rise up to meet you if you meditate and connect. But if you don’t write it down you won’t see how consistent the interactions are.
Meditation smoothes out the energy self, which is at the core of our being. The image, which I use to describe it, is that of a magnet on iron filings. When we lose ourselves in a single thought for an uninterrupted period it gives all of our energy systems time to reboot and re-calibrate. The difference is the power of recharging in a state of meditative “restful awareness”. This restful awareness aligns our energy differently, than the process which occurs when we sleep.
These are just two of the thought experiments I use on a daily basis since I developed my meditation habit, but there are at least half a dozen others which I use consciously, and some coherences I am starting to consider may be an outcome of my playing with these practices. While looking for jewelry bargains on Ebay, I stumbled on a beautiful stick pin with a cabochon stone the color of bazooka bubble gum. The pin was clearly old but the stone was brilliant, I started digging on the Internet. It turned out this was a “pink sapphire”. One of the rarest gems in the world at the turn of the 20th century. The stick pin I picked up for 40 dollars turned out to be worth about two thousand, and a week or so later an 8 carat pendant showed up mislabeled and turned out to be worth conservatively fifteen thousand dollars. Where did the information and then the opportunity come from? I think from my awareness, my connection to the energy and information stream I call Life Force.
Life force, prana to the Indians chi to the Chinese and qi to the Japanese, not even a concept to the ordinary western healer. But quantum reality suggests that when we seek our most fundamental essence we find connection and I personally have found a life changing kind of empowerment.
Cpriestess trained to teach Meditation and Ayurvedic Lifestyle at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad California. She is a Sivananda trained Yoga teacher who teaches and writes on Cape Cod. She has codified all of these experiences and experiments into a class called “Meditation 101: Foundations of Magical Mojo”. Her most important teachers have included Deepak Chopra, Davidji, Krishna Das and Jean Houston. Learn More about Cpriestess’s Yoga Services. For more information on her upcoming "Magical Mojo" Series you may contact her on from her website or on LinkedIn.