It was Christmastime, December 16th actually, 2011. A date that will stay with me, like a birthday or anniversary…or the day I moved to Hawaii. I was driving home from my first session of Transcendental Meditation (TM) with my teacher, Mary. There were Christmas lights on all the houses as I wound through Kaimuki and back down to my little house next to Diamond Head, and I thought those lights were the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.
I was flying high…feeling blissfully, completely, at home in myself and the world. It wasn’t mania or happiness that comes from something having “happened,” I was just in the world at that moment, enjoying every single breath that connected me deeper to the Field of Infinite Potential, of Unbounded Awareness, of All That Is…having an awareness of the Christmas lights as though they were everything that existed in all the Universes.
I couldn’t remember the last time I had had that feeling, that knowing, that everything was okay…no, perfect, exactly as it was. There was nowhere else I would have rather been than witnessing the extraordinary mundaneness of those twinkling lights, bringing me home.
Since practicing TM for the last four and a half years, I have a lot of those moments, every day. I see the leaf on the mango tree outside my kitchen window with the sun peaking through, swaying in the breeze, and it makes me want to cry. The beauty is exquisite; it echoes my name and the names of all the souls who have ever lived…and all the mango trees, and stars, and butterflies, and cement blocks, and colors, and reasons we are here.
That may sound abstract, ethereal even, but the practice of meditation (TM specifically), has uncovered in me what all humans crave: love, belonging, peace, bliss, purpose, health, creativity, unbounded awareness, the truest me.
The moments of extreme peace, bliss and beauty are many, as are the other profound benefits of the practice (of which there are too many to name). The point of TM is not to stay in the clouds or escape your life, it’s to bring beauty and meaning to it. I could go on about the evidence-based studies (700 of them) that show the vast benefits of TM (it is proven to reduce anxiety, insomnia, depression, blood pressure, and much more), but I’ll let you listen to my interview with Cliff and Mary DeVries, PhDs, my TM teachers. They are kind, funny, light, and pouring with the warmth you would find in a couple who has been practicing and teaching TM to others for over 40 years.
Join us on an exploration into the fascinating and wildly effective technique of TM, feel your heart open, and breath…you are home.
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