It’s just two days after learning and beginning to practice TM and so far I’m impressed. Today’s Monday and learned Transcendental Meditation on Saturday afternoon. Yesterday I had two group sessions led by my teacher Mike. These really deepened my understanding of Transcendental Meditation and helped me to understand why it is different from any form of meditation I have previously done.
It was a long day, up at 5am to get to the course for 10am, three hours driving to get there and then three hours to get back home again at the end of the day. Debbie was tired out after spending the day with her family so I drove most of the way home. It seemed much easier than normal, easier to stay focused on driving.
We got home to find my Dad had left the grill and the top oven on (they are the same thing!?!) with the oven door shut. There was some cleaning needed too. Our little girl Honey had napped on the way home so although still tired she was not in a hurry to go to bed. All events that would have normally triggered stress for me, but seemed to have less impact, seemed to trigger less negative thoughts.
Surprisingly I just had a wonderful nights sleep. Surprising because Honey ended up in bed with us, which normally means a disturbed night for me and tired grumpy morning.
Although during the night I was aware of her moving around, wrestling for the covers and fidgeting. I slept through it all much better. Perhaps most importantly where I would normally wake, or be woken, feeling tired and grumpy. I actually woke at 7am feeling fairly rested and with the energy to get up and do 20 min of yoga followed by my morning meditation. This is something I have intended to do since Christmas, but simply felt too sleep deprived to actually do it.
I have another long drive tonight for the last session, but I’m looking forward to it.
A cynic (and there is a part of me that is cynical) would say I’m noticing these benefits because the marketing has primed me to notice them, but to be honest I don’t care! 🙂
To find out more about Transcendental Meditation follow the link.