I’m not going to lie, I find it hard to do nothing. Very hard. The reason? I’m not quite sure, perhaps the idea of doing everything is so ingrained into me psyche that when it comes time to do nothing, or at least, sitting quietly and letting my thoughts float past like a running river, my brain decides to turn it up a notch.
Some time ago, I wrote about my efforts to quieten the mind through meditation. I had signed up to Still Your Mind to complete my four week Primordial Sound Meditation course with the lovely Carolyn Gowen (former National Ad Manager for Marie Claire, present meditation guru) who I have known for many years now since working on the title myself.
Like so many ‘coincidences’ in life, Carolyn came to speak to me about The Jojoba Company, a new beauty brand she was doing some PR for. She also began explaining the real reason she left Marie Claire, which involved taking her 15 years of meditation practice and turning it into a business, making meditation something the corporate world simply couldn’t resist. Now, Carolyn not only teaches Primordial Sound Meditation to rookies like me out of her lovely home in Bellevue Hill, but also in big offices around the city. I had been wanting to do a meditation course for so long, Happies, and now, I finally found one.
Primordial Sound Meditation is the practice of meditation designed by Deepak Chopra. It uses the sound of the universe when you were born to give you a personal mantra that you slowly, calmly, quietly repeat to yourself when you’re in meditation mode. I’ve tried a few forms of meditation over the past six months, most of them guided but I do find having this very special mantra to come back to when my mind starts to wonder very helpful indeed. It’s like an anchor, a nest, a safe place to return once your imagination gets going.
The course runs over four sessions, most held on a Tuesday night. Each week we discuss a different topic, including chakras and the seven states of higher consciousness. Then, we sit. For around 30 minutes. In total silence and relaxation.
For me, the group meditations during class where far easier than sitting at home by myself. I’m not sure why, perhaps it has something to do with the shared energy, or for a far more simple reason, perhaps I’m just good at doing what I’m told. All I know is that I’m still learning, and while I try to plonk my bum down everyday to sit in stillness, I’m not there yet. It’s a journey, and one I’ll continue bouncing along.
But I can tell you this, I have more on my plate now than every before, but I’ve switched stress for calmness and prioritised my time into a perfect balance of doing what needs to be done and doing what I love most. There’s harmony there, and my level of efficiency has increased ten-fold. If all that goodness is created by sitting down for a few minutes a day, I’m a believer for life. I promise you that.
Tell me Happies…
Have you tried meditation?
Do you want to?
Are you a mantra, guided or still kind of person?