I’ve always practiced meditation, ever since I was a kid, but have never needed a label, so didn’t know what to call it!
Curiosity got the better of me, and after a few years of sending many enquiries out, I stumbled upon a name – transcendental meditation (TM). I felt a great connection with the teacher who was able to give me the name, so I decided to start studying TM with Jonathan.
We’re still in touch – he also has an essential oil shop, and does marma therapy. He has an incredibly humble aura, and I want to be like him when I’m older. He’s such an inspirational man.
This happened in December 2017, and in January 2018 my dad sadly had a severe stroke. He wasn’t awake for 4 weeks (of his own accord). Once he woke up, he had lost his speech, his ability to swallow, and movement of his right side.
He was in hospital for about 5 months, then was forced to move into a home. I know the hospital needs beds, but we wanted him home and were told no, so was in an awful place for the last two months of his life.
I visited him every day, sometimes twice, for seven months, on top of my work commitments. It wasn’t easy. We had lots of challenges to face ourselves, and my dad’s dignity was never met, both in hospital and the home.
It’s just so sad to see and witness how cruel life is, when we are led to believe it’s not. Not only with my dad; I witnessed this with so many other people in the same boat.
This is all an aside, some background for the post about meditation. I will be forever grateful that TM was in my life then. I did not have time to do any physical yoga practice for myself, but meditation is also a type of yoga! Some people associate yoga with the physical movements (asanas), but it’s much more than that.
TM got me through the hardest part of my life, even though it still hurts now. I cannot recommend it enough. Whatever form of meditation you choose, and however you do it: just do it. Start, or carry on. Learn more, and practise. Just 20 minutes twice a day.
It’s easy to learn and accessible to everyone. It lets you stay present in life, in the midst of whatever way your life is heading, and whatever you’re currently facing. It’s especially good in the middle of all of the chaos we find ourselves in at the minute.
Please do get in touch if you want to learn, or know more information – it really is a useful skill for life.
Keep grounded. Keep meditating.