C AN YOU REMEMBER the last time you had some real time to yourself? K you've ever longed for a quiet, cahn space during one of your fast-paced, multitasking days, you are a candidate for some form of meditation. Don't woiTy — you don't have to join the monks in Tibet (though that is an option). All you need is a few minutes to yourself and the willingness to itSmart BY STEPHANIE OAKES expand and explore your mind. style a few years ago at my mother's Although meditative techniques suggestion, because her experience are practiced in all the world's with it encom'aged a more thoughtful religions, here in the West medi- pace to life's every task, tation traditionally takes the form Like so many people of my genera- of prayer and contemplation. It has tion, I thrived on being where the action been used for years to treat stress- is, staying productive and going non- related conditions, addictions, high stop. Unfortunately, this never-ending blood pressure, headaches and pace left no time for introspection. My chronic illnesses. In the East (where mother recognized this unhealthy trend, yoga and meditation began), this and her subtie inti'oduction to TM was practice has long been a way of quite an eye-opener, achieving bliss and exploring a I fi-eaked out in my first training higher consciousness. , ,„„_ session because I had no , CLICK ON LINKS All forms of meditation Read more about conta-ol over my runaway strive to induce physical, meditative techniques mind. I soon realized that spiritual and mental atusaweekend.com. meditation was no easy awareness by focusing the mind on a task. I couldn't reach for pen and paper particular object, activity or "mantra." One popular form of mantra meditation. Transcendental Meditation (TM), was brought from India to the United States and Europe in the 1960s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I learned this to take notes as ideas or chores popped into my head, or answer e-mails, pages or my cell phone — all this would just have to wait. I was forced to be quiet and get in touch with the present moment and myself. By my thii-d ses sion, this concept had become a welcome relief. I leai-ned to control my actions, quiet my mind and simply not react to everything the world outside dictates. I now ci-ave my meditative time. Whether it's eai'ly in the morning before my day begins, in a cab or my car on the way to a meeting, or simply taking time to sit quietiy (anywhere, any time), meditation has done me a world of good. I also feel empowered by not being compelled to tune into TV, radio or the Web. Now, when I use all these tools, I feel fully present — I'm not just going thi'ough the motions. I'm also more mindful during conversations and other tasks at hand—and isn't that the point in the fii-st place? ca Write to: Fitness, USA WEEKEND, 1000 Wilson Blvd., ArU1^ton, Va. 22229-0012. Ore-mail fitne8S@ttsa'weekend.com. Please include your name, city, state and daytime phone number. Treat MPNl to tfi6 liLTiM/irg N\ptl\er's Dast Present/ And Don't Forget /V Mother's Day Card. Plus there are lots of other valuable prizes any Mom would love. So be sure to enter today. Look for entry forms in the Kmart greeting card department. Enter before May 13th. ^ AMER10>MJ^GREEnNGS "No purchase necessary. See store display for details. Offer valid In participating stores only. BUY 2 CARDS GET ONE FREE. AMERICAN SGREEllNGS ...says U best* Coupons available In the greeting card department of participating Kmart stores. Limit'one coupon per purchase. Free greeting card (up to a $3.00 value) with the purchase of any two Forget Me Not cards. (Free card will be the lowest priced.) Rose Design™ and I American Greetings...says It best are i; trademarks of American Greetings Corp" © 2001, AGC, Inc.
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