om bhavam namah

Oh, my goodness. I am at peace. I feel so full and warm and radiant. It is because of something I just did for myself.

Sidenote: It is cold outside. Windy. I mean 50-70 mph wind gusts. It is yellow and cloudy and dreary and barren. It is depressing out there. Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous. Blue skies, cloudless sky. Easton and I played outside for a while before we went Evanston to get groceries.

Today is just the opposite. M.i.s.e.r.a.b.l.e! And I’ve been dragging because I worked very late last night at Prom. I didn’t crawl into bed until 1:00. This morning I had to go get a blood draw then head back to the high school to clean up Prom for three hours. Ugh!

But here’s what I did for myself. Here is why I am so full and warm and radiant. I downloaded the Oprah/Deepak 21-day Meditation Journey and I wanted to type it up so that I could actually read it as I listen. Holy cow. It is wonderful! It is deep and filling and soft, and meaningful. It gives me hope and love and warmth.

Read this. Go into a closed room and spend fifteen quiet minutes with yourself just feeling how perfectly God created our bodies. Read it with your best, soft voice. Read with self-love, self-understanding. Read with knowledge that God loves you and has created the perfect body for this life. For you. Just you. [Or better yet, have someone you love and trust read it softly to you while you actually do the meditation. Worth it, I promise!

Deepak: There exists in every person a place that is free from disease, that never feels pain, that is ageless and never dies. When we journey to this place, limitations we commonly accept simply cease to exist. They are not even a possibility. This is the place called ‘perfect health.’ Stepping into this realm, no matter how brief these visits may be, can bring profound transformation and healing. In this state of true mind/body/spirit connection all previous assumptions about ordinary existence disappear. And we experience a higher truly-ideal reality.

Sometimes our health is less than perfect, but we need to understand that’s not our permanent state. It’s only a snapshot. Think for a moment about a photo you’ve taken, perhaps on the beach. In the picture there are particular elements arranged in a particular way: waves crashing at high tide, birds gliding through the air, a couple strolling side by side along the water’s edge. If you were to go back the next day or even within the next hour, the scene would be completely different. It’s the same for our bodies. Each moment is different from the last. So while we can believe the diagnosis, we needn’t believe the prognosis.

We are the controllers of our own physiology and we can take steps to restore our health and vitality. We can train the brain to think in new ways and choose nourishing habits that will help us to connect with perfect health more frequently in our lives. The brain stores our beliefs and retrieves them as thoughts, and can cause us to experience negative feelings.

To shift such views we must invite our minds to be our allies. As we do this we’ll become more open to break-through thinking, raising our expectations higher than we ever thought possible and finding creative solutions to make what we envision come true. Embarking on our journey to perfect health we begin by forming new pathways in the brain to move us from the level of the problem to that of the solution. And by examining our current beliefs and creating fresh perceptions we can live more vibrant and rewarding lives.

As we settle in for meditation let’s consider our centering thought. “I commit to living perfect health.” I commit to living perfect health. Let’s begin. Please find a comfortable position, placing your hands gently in your lap and closing your eyes. Begin to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath. With each inhalation and exhalation allow yourself to become more relaxed, more comfortable, more at ease. Now gently introduce the mantra that allows you to connect to this memory of wholeness, repeating it mentally and allowing it to flow with effortless ease. Om Bhavam Namah. Om Bhavam Namah — which means ‘I am absolute existence. I am a field of all possibilities.’ Om Bhavam Namah. Whenever you find yourself distracted by thoughts or sensations in your body or noises in the environment simply return your attention to repeating the mantra. Om Bhavam Namah. Om Bhavam Namah. Continue with your meditation. I’ll mind the time and at the end you’ll hear me ring a soft bell. Om Bhavam Namah. Om Bhavam Namah Just mentally. Om Bhavam Namah.

About ten minutes later . . . . with the most amazing relaxing sounds and music from Mid-Eastern culture . . .

It’s time to release the mantra. Please bring your awareness back into your body. Take a moment to rest, inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply. When you feel ready, gently open your eyes. As you continue with your day, carry with you the knowledge that simply with a change of mind, you can change you life. Contemplate the centering thought ‘I commit to living perfect health.’ I commit to living perfect health. I commit to living perfect health.

I know you can’t possibly relive the experience like I have, without his voice and without the music, but I was hoping that you might consider doing this for yourself. I do believe it has been an excellent gift to me. It has made me want to take care of myself much, much better. It’s made me want to pray and recommit to creating peace and gentleness in my life. It’s made me want to avoid all types of chaos and clutter and anger.

That’s good, right? That’s part of my journey to better.

Namaste [nah-ms-`tay]

[Starting on Day 2 . . .]