The following is written by Karlie Everhart and originally posted on her blog.
I started meditating ten years ago. By then, I was suffering from intermittent anxiety attacks and was looking for a way to calm the pressure that was constantly on me. The only new person I knew was Gabrielle Bernstein, so I bought her book and her accompanying meditation CD and that’s how I started.
I listened to Gabby’s meditation songs until I got bored of hearing the same voice over and over and then switched to the Calm app and the random YouTube videos of Oprah and Deepak Chopra. In 2015 I trained in Transcendental Meditation (TM) and this is what I have been doing ever since.
Meditation has been a saving grace to me in many ways. It keeps me focused, grounded and sensible. Over the years, when I felt nervous, anxious, and scared, I devoted myself to meditation. I’ve meditated in my car before job interviews, before big events – my wedding, my bridal shower, conference engagements, and I’ve meditated for months in a small broom closet on one of my corporate jobs . Every morning and afternoon our kind of computer let me in to practice my MT for 20 minutes.
I am often asked by clients or newcomers to meditation what the benefits of meditation are and I always come across some prescribed answer that I have found on the internet, which is true but seems a bit sterile to me. So let me tell you what happened when I stopped meditating because I think identifying what you don’t want helps you to clarify what you really want.
I am ashamed to admit that over the last year I have fallen heavily off the meditation train. Now I’m back to it, but on this particular day a few weeks ago I didn’t meditate and let me tell you how my day went.
Despite the more than 8 hours of sleep I had had the night before, I woke up restless the moment I opened my eyes. I drove to leave something to a friend, someone cut me off and then turned me around, I returned the bird to them right away, as if to say, “Good morning to you too.” As I approach my friend’s house, I get too close to the curb and destroy the rim of my tire. When I get home, my dog greets me excitedly, trying to jump high enough to kiss me on the face. Shamefully, I yell at him so loudly that he stops. Anger too intense for the crime he had committed. After all, he was just trying to say hello. Finally, I pour my son a bottle of milk, grabbing it while he drinks it. It fills her fleshy cheeks with milk, which I didn’t notice, as her cheeks permanently seem to have stored the value of a month’s worth of nuts, a feature I hope I never lose. And then he spits all the milk in my face, spraying me like a sprinkler. While I’m there wet, the milk dripping from my chin and onto my new dress, my son laughs as if it’s the funniest thing he’s ever seen in his life because after 14 months, it probably was. I admit defeat. A whole day of unfortunate events, all before 1 p.m.
This is life for me without meditation. Life feels hard and awkward, I have a short fuse, little energy, I swap my middle fingers instead of friendly greetings, I change my moments of laughter for moments of defeat. I don’t feel connected to who I really am. I feel out of control.
I recently got back on the meditation train: choo choo. I feel good coming back, being consistent, laughing, cleaning things up, calm, connected to myself, unbreakable and enjoying every puppy kiss, even if they touch me from time to time. This is the impact of meditation.
Karlie Everhart is a life coach and writes in her biography: “I have developed a mastery to help millennial women in the nearly seven-year service to the technology industry, developing in management while guiding and mentoring young women. to achieve his professional goals, I obtained a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing and I am a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation […]all because I never want another woman to be drowned out by her own doubt.
I am committed to giving women the tools to experience unconditional self-love, which I think has the biggest impact I can have. “
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