a weekend in mega flight-mode
spending the weekend meditating inside a giant copper Jesus: highly recommended
After my heart reboot, I had a strong hunch that I needed to learn how to meditate.
It was similar to a feeling I get every few months that ‘I should really get my hair cut’: no big deal, but deffo a thing to get sorted.
Off I rocked the following week, to a little house in Guildford. My teachers Ric and Pat – taught me the ridiculously easy, effortless and natural method of Transcendental Meditation.
And so began what has become, the most profound relationship of my life.
Over the last 18 months I have meditated for 20 minutes pretty much every day, twice a day. Its as mundane as showering to me now.
Yet it has changed every damn thing in my little world.
Like most TM groups, we gather each month to chat and meditate together and listen to Maharishi’s teachings of the thousands-of-years-old Vedas (this is the complete opposite of a slick TED talk).
Last weekend, a group of us joined our teachers for a TM retreat. We stayed at a residential Christian centre in a commuter town – warm and clean but spartan, monastic; completely devoid of screens and stimulation.
In between hours of meditation, pranayama, yoga asanas – and sleeping as if it was an Olympic sport – we ate vegetarian food, and chatted about life, the universe and all the secrets contained therein.
It was like letting my thinking mind have a warm bubble bath for three days, while my consciousness went to Hogwarts.
Since I began TM, the heart palpitations I experienced for over a decade (that the best of Harley Street couldn’t fix) are all but gone.
It has the added bonus of helping us to directly access an infinite state of bliss, creativity and peace (I’m sure its only a matter of time before I can levitate).
The research around TM is so compelling – over a thousand peer reviewed studies have shown it is the most effective way to reduce stress and anxiety.
A very cool thing that Ric shared, was a meditation experiment he was part of, during the summer of 1992:
In Washington DC, violent crime rates and social disfunction had been steadily increasing. A group of TM Sidhas met to meditate – with the sole purpose of directly reducing the crime rate.
The Sidhas predicted in advance that meditating alone would reduce crime by over 20% in the city during the study period. They said this would be achieved without any verbal, social, political or physical interaction between the meditators and the local community.
The entire project was met with cynicism and ridicule – especially by the weary police. So the researchers adopted the FBI’s Uniform Crime Statistics definition of violent crime, and measured homicides, rapes and aggravated assaults. An independent research team of 27 people adjudicated.
And over the weeks, the numbers of the meditating group grew, and violent crime began a steep decline. The maximum impact was an unprecedented drop in violent crime of 23.3%. This occurred when the size of the group was at its largest in the final few weeks of the project.
The statistical probability that this result could reflect chance variation in crime levels, is less than 2 in 1 billion!
There is an entire universe available to us beneath the surface of our consciousness – allowing myself to be open to it has been such a gift.
If this resonates, and you are looking for a way to access peace within yourself (and contribute to peace in the world), you might want to check out TM.
Hello, I'm Sas Petherick. I'm a self-doubt researcher, coach and podcaster who helps thinking humans transcend self-doubt. If you'd like to receive these posts in your inbox please subscribe here (with bonus info and first notice of opportunities to work with me). PS: I totally ♥ Instagram - join me there?