This is a guest post from my wife. She’s been practicing TM for three and a half weeks.
When people make changes in their lives they often point to a breaking point, a specific incident that made them decide to make a change. For me, however, learning Transcendental Meditation (TM) is not about experiencing a breaking point, but about realizing I could no longer accept the person I had become.
Although I experienced some depression when I was younger, I was always able to overcome those feelings.
As an adult, I’ve had a difficult time doing this, and have been on and off various medications for the past six or seven years. I came to accept that not much made me happy even though I have a wonderful husband, who tells me how he feels more often than I probably hear, and two kids who love to play and laugh. Even painting and drawing that I used to love, would sit untouched for months because I didn’t find joy and satisfaction in it.
Over the past year, I’ve seen what TM has done for my husband, but kept telling myself that there was no way it would help me. After all, everything else I’ve tried has only been a short-term band-aid.
I have been doing TM for three and a half weeks, and can say I am starting to notice how 20 minutes twice a day can change how you view yourself, your relationships with others, and the world around you. Although I still take my medication, TM is helping me in ways a pill has.
I’ve been able to enjoy the time I have with my family. I don’t find myself getting as angry, or annoyed when my kids do something they should not do. I’m able to find the humor in things I previously ignored. Best of all, I feel better about myself, and who I am, than I have most of my adult life.
Everything is a work in progress, but with TM my hopes and expectations for the future are positive for the first time.
Best of luck!
So proud of you Nita!
The physical changes that take place during TM start to level off after 2 months of regular practice (though they never quite stop changing). The physical changes that take place in the brain outside of meditation continue, even 50 years later according to research.
As long as you keep meditating, you will find new insights about yourself that are based on becoming a lower-stressed you.
It’s been an interesting 41 years of TMing for me. I hope it turns out at least as beneficial for you.