This is the second full moon where HEN has dropped its identity: my old newsletter based on 3 topics every month: Health, the Environment and Negotiation.
Instead I am looking to build my voice for you in the area of Health and Conflict. That’s still fairly broad, allowing me to cover many of my health and conflict related interests like resiliency, self-awareness, self-regulation, somatics, life energy, transformation, growth, consciousness development.
I ask your patience with me as I seek to find what truly wants to be expressed from me to you.
This month, what calls to my attention is the topic of meditation.
Meditation has been such a large part of my life for almost 40 years, that in some ways, it’s hard for me to stand back and see the practice with a beginner’s mind. My first exposure was when I lived in Japan in the 80s and my friends would bring me to a Zen monastery. We would sit in the meditation hall, on cushions made of buckwheat, and the Zen master would walk around the rows with a wooden rod, to hit those on the shoulders who had fallen asleep. I never saw anyone get hit with the stick, and I’d periodically pop my eyes open every so slightly to see what was going on!
From there, I got into mindfulness meditation, then guided meditations and these days, there is almost never a morning that goes by that I don’t start with something that could be called meditation.
I like variety, so my meditations are often not the same, but generally I tend to constellate these days between guided meditations from Dr. Joe Dispenza or mindfulness meditations from Shirzad Charmaine (Positive Intelligence) or Wif Hoff or Soma breathwork meditations. Mindfulness practices also tend to be part of my approach, in particular checking in multiple times a day. This approach is articulated in my book, Hold On To Yourself, and reinforced by many teachers and sources including Heart Math Institute and some of the previous teachers.
You can see I’m not “religious” about meditation, but having a practice matters to me. Deeply.
So, I was surprised when I was asked recently about the benefits of meditation, and I couldn’t come up with much.
I was on a bike ride with my cycling club, and one of the women on the ride asked about meditation. She’d never done meditation before and was curious what the benefits might be.