“Renew, thyself completely each day; do it again and again, and forever again.” Chinese Inscription City by Thoreau in Walden
During the summer of 2013, I found myself at a true crossroads with my career, and nearly every inch of my body was filled with angst. Here my journey with meditation started. I had just begun to embark on what I didn’t know at the time would be a three year book/research project. While maintaining my full- time job as a clinical social worker, I decided to write a book. No one in my family was an author and I didn’t know anyone within the publishing world, so I was truly in unchartered territory. I was lost, overwhelmed, confused, and filled with uncertainty.
On one particular Saturday, I remember looking outside and noticing that it was perfect sunny, summer weather, but standing inside I was filled with stress and worry.
As I was literally walking through my living room to the kitchen, I remember hearing Dr. Deepak Chopra’s voice on the television. He was on a repeat TV episode talking to Oprah about the benefits of meditation. I’m not sure why, but I sat down. Never before had I listened to Deepak, nor had I read any of his books. However, there was something about this topic that drew me into wanting to learn more. He was asked how someone with no prior meditation experience can begin to meditate. Deepak’s response took me by surprise. He said that one can simply begin with the word “Om.”
Upon realizing that I didn’t have to purchase anything fancy or learn a new language, I decided that I would give meditation a try. I knew that I had nothing to lose.
The very next morning, I set my alarm to wake up fifteen minutes earlier than usual. I positioned myself in front of the living room on a Mexican blanket, and sat on it with my legs crossed while resting my open hands upon my knees. I was mirroring a meditation pose that I saw in various magazines. With my eyes closed, I began to say “Om” aloud. I did this for several minutes and then ended with a short prayer.