|Makapu'u Lighthouse, Oahu|
The #1 thing that I learned in 2016 is the Transcendental Meditation technique. The TM teacher for our area is none other than Prudence Farrow Bruns. She lives on 30a but comes twice a year to teach the TM class. I was very interested in meditation but to be honest I was just as intrigued with Prudence. She is the subject of the Beatles song "Dear Prudence". In 1968, she went to India to study with Marharishi Mahesh Yogi and became a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation. It was at this time that she met the Beatles. Prudence spent so much time in her room meditating that John Lennon was inspired to write the song about her (see complete lyrics here).
Prudence does an introductory talk on TM the first night. It is free and open to anyone who is interested. I attended the talk last September and signed up for the class immediately. TM is easy to learn and I saw benefits in my everyday life almost immediately. I would try to list all the benefits I have found but I am afraid I will fall short. Instead, call it life changing. I remember feeling as if my insides were in knots. After about two weeks of practicing TM, the feeling was gone. It is pretty amazing. This is a practice people, not a belief or something that will interfere with one's religion.
Oprah was so impressed with TM that she hired certified teachers to train all of her employees. She has commented on how much more harmonious the environment is at her company. Filmmaker David Lynch has been practicing TM for almost 40 years. He created the David Lynch Foundation which teaches TM to veterans with PTSD. The physical and mental benefits are great and there are many studies that support this.
Less stress, less anxiety, increased focus, inner peace...who doesn't want that?
|Blalock Goldmine Road, Lake Burton, Georgia|
|Now when I yell at my kids their response is "Mommy, did you meditate today?" 😂|