Meditation – Take 1

So on Friday I decided to try out my meditation CD for the very first time. Thanks to Amazon’s spiteful policy of giving a month long window for possible delivery, I had spent a week stalking the mailman. Needless to say, we were both relieved when it finally arrived on Thursday. The CD came with a tiny book which I was able to read in 45 minutes flat WHILE watching an episode of Cops (for those of you who are curious this particular episode was titled ‘Bad Girls 3’ which, among other things, featured one particular bad girl who had the brilliant idea to hide UNDER HER CAR from the cop who had just pulled her over – yes, I know – >reality TV heaven). 

Anyway, I busted out the CD first thing on Friday morning. Ok, the thing about my meditative experience is that I have no idea if I was doing it right because I have no idea what a successful meditation is supposed to feel like. For one thing, I kept on being distracted by the weird noises that my toilet was making – I think my toilet is possessed; one day last week it just started making these strange sloshing noises at random intervals throughout the day. Then I scared myself by wondering if there was something swimming INSIDE my toilet. And who can meditate with a toilet that’s possessed by a swimming ghost?! But the pleasant sounding lady on the CD kept on reassuring me that it was ok for thoughts to come into my head and telling me to just imagine them floating away into the sunset. Easy for you to say lady, you’re not the one trapped in an apartment with a malevolent toilet ghost.

For the pleasant lady’s sake, I tried my best to imagine my toilet and its ghoulish occupant floating away and focused on what she was telling me about the love, light and general awesomeness that was inside of me. For a few moments I actually felt like I was totally calm and thought-less, but those moments were cut short by my unborn child who has recently decided to test the ability of my ribs to withstand her vigorous kicks. (This kid is SO grounded when she comes out…) 

All in all though, I managed to complete the entire 15 minute session. I can’t say that I felt radically transformed afterwards but I will say that I felt a wee bit calmer.  Pleasant Lady says that meditation is a ‘discipline’ that takes time and practice. I believe her and so I will commit to meditating 5 days a week.

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17 Comments

  1. Shecago said,

    August 30, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I don’t meditate (ok well I did once and I fell asleep), but I have heard from many people that it just takes time and practice. If you had a few moments of peace and calm, that is awesome! I would definitely classify that as a successful first sitting 🙂

    • August 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

      Lol @ you falling asleep! That’s hilarious. If it wasn’t for my toilet, I might have done the same. I intend to keep practicing and will keep you updated on my progress! (If I manage to do this, it’s proof that ANYONE can)

  2. Amanda said,

    August 30, 2010 at 10:48 am

    how bout prego-yoga?

    • August 30, 2010 at 11:45 am

      I looked into a prenatal yoga class – I’m too cheap to pay what they were asking. So maybe I’ll look for a DVD or maybe the Wii yoga game? Hmm…

      • wambui said,

        September 2, 2010 at 10:41 pm

        I’ve tried Wii yoga, its really good though I must say its been a while maybe that can be one of my goals for this weekend.

      • September 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

        I think I’ll borrow it from the video lib as well!

  3. Nyakio said,

    August 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Please pass on the meditation tips. I signed up for an 8 week meditation class and dropped out after the 4th class. Im still wondering how Im going to get my refund since the instructor conveniently ignored my email on the refund

    • August 31, 2010 at 10:16 am

      Hi Nyakio, ofcourse I remember you! Shame on that instructor – he’s not being very peaceful & loving, is he? I’ll keep you updated on how the meditation goes…so far I’m sticking with it! Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you stick around!

  4. Miriam said,

    August 31, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I highly recommend Christian meditation where you mull over a Scripture that deals with a present issue or need that you have. e.g. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.(Phil 4:13)

    The benefits of Christian meditation are more than those of other types of meditation because in addition to attaining the relaxation that meditative experiences bestow, you are also able to win your spiritual battles as well since The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. (Eph 6:17)

    • August 31, 2010 at 10:23 am

      Thanks, I’m open to all suggestions as I embark on this journey and this is one type of meditation that I have already started to explore. I hope you can continue to offer me meditation tips based on your experiences!

  5. wambui said,

    September 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    LOL!!!

    I believe you achieved meditation all that is expected is for you to give your brain a break from thought and the result is that you feel calmer. If that is your only expectation you will be relaxed enough to reap the benefits of meditation. Keep going!

    • September 8, 2010 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement! Although, I think I fell asleep for a few minutes yesterday during my meditation…

  6. September 3, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Lol, how has everyone missed the part where my poor niece is grounded pre-birth?! worry not, when she comes home i intend to make it up to her with illegal amounts of candy! see you soon little one!

  7. Dutta said,

    September 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Hope it goes well..Meditating 5x week….you need all the relaxing before your bundle of joy arrives……..

    Funny enough I think more when I try to meditate….or go into some imaginary world……My mind is in constant battle anyway so, I’d probably start hearing what the walls, furniture in my house are saying.

    :))))

    • September 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      I hope I can continue to meditate once the little one comes! I struggle too to keep my thoughts to a minimum…I aim for a few minutes of thoughtlessness during each 15 minute session, and even that’s hard. I’ve gotten used to the toilet now though 🙂

  8. IzJ said,

    September 7, 2010 at 8:00 am

    pic + blog = hilarious! after I read this and everytime I see the pic I laugh.


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