By Shari Solomon
Through my practice of meditation I have grown in ways I never did forsee. My practice of quieting the mind helps me see things more clearly and know what is inside my heart. Decisions are easily made.
I have learned to be less impulsive. There have been several incidences in my life where I have said things and done things without taking the time to settle down, taking time to let the intensity of the emotion fade away. And bam! it turns out I should have waited. In my practice I have learned to just watch sensations (emotions) come and go on there own without having to change them.
A practice of meditation “on the mat” grows in us an openness to be with all aspects of life “off the mat.”
I mostly practice Insight Meditation. With breath as the focal point, I turn my awareness inward toward the sensations of body and the ever changing workings of the mind. Just ten minutes of meditation can
flick a switch to a more peaceful state. Sometimes when my mind is way too racing I do Transcendental Meditation (TM), a mantra oriented meditation. Also I remember as a college student that 17 minutes of TM
would wake me up after all-nighters.
Additional benefits are increases to immunity, information processing
speed, and memory.
Experience a sample of the class on YouTube: https://youtu.be/c01LFkS3NZM