by Tami Roos
There is much written and spoken about meditation these days. The ancient sages, prophets, and yogis all declared the many benefits of meditation thousands of years ago.
Scientific communities around the globe have conducted more than a 1000 research and review papers about the many benefits of meditation.
The conclusion of these studies have supported the ancients ~ Meditation works.
My journey with meditation began in 1999. It is still ongoing and my daily practice is nonnegotiable. I love it!
What is meditation?
Meditation is learning to relax the body and quiet the mind.
It is simple and easy. Any man, woman or child can practice. It is not defined by religion, gender, race, or socio-economic means. You don’t have to sit in the lotus position or take yourself off to a cave.
And if practiced regularly will have a bigger impact on your health and wellbeing than you could possibly imagine.
In order for you to understand a bit better where I am coming from I want to take you back to 1999. I learned to meditate while embarking on a weekend meditation course in Primordial Sound Meditation. I hadn’t really heard much about meditation. In fact, I really didn’t know what it was.
But I went along as a girlfriend was singing its praises. The decision to learn to meditate was one of the best decisions I have ever made and meditation has had a positive impact on my life since then.
I don’t want to give you the impression that everyone has the same experience with meditation. Because they don’t. Meditation is and will be unique to anyone that practices and the longer you meditate the more you will benefit because the benefits are real.
We live in an incredibly fast paced world and the demands are great. The technology craze has had many benefits in that we can access information quicker than ever before and we have become accustomed to how instantaneous it is.
However, this also brings with it some downfalls. Primarily, most people don’t know how to shut off anymore. From the mobile phone, to instant messaging, Facebook, Instagram, emails, etc… we are on 24/7. We then add on to that the demands of careers, family, friends, school, etc… all the many details that make up our life and we wonder why we feel stressed.
So what happened to me and what did I experience so that I could begin to recognise that I had to honour myself and slow down?
Initially, I noticed two things. First, I ‘craved’ my meditation practice and couldn’t get enough of it. And second, I felt incredibly tired and couldn’t understand why.
After a few weeks of practice, I began to comprehend that I felt this way because for the first time in my life I was honouring the importance of slowing down and ‘pausing’ thus looking after my mind. I then began to notice that the longer I practiced I had more energy, felt calmer and more relaxed, slept better and truly felt that I had more patience with my young family.
But the big ‘aha’ moment came when a neighbour of ours asked me what I was doing as I seemed different! At first, I replied that nothing was different and then she added you are more relaxed and seem to be ‘glowing’.
Then the lightbulb went off and I knew it was the meditation practice and in my mind I went back to what the instructor had told us that first weekend a couple months earlier. She said, “you may not think anything is happening to you but you will know it is working when others begin to comment”!
That was my validating moment because the changes I was experiencing, others were noticing.
I am incredibly passionate about the state of well-being you can experience if you meditate.
So much so that after meditating for a few years I not only began teaching meditation privately to clients/students but I pursued a PhD in Parapsychic Science and wrote my dissertation on meditation and the many benefits to the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies.
Always remember ~
There is a wealth of wisdom inside of you, hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
Meditation is a gift. It is there for all of us to tap into. Honour yourself and enjoy a practice that will bring you clarity of thinking, peace of mind and greater contentment.
~ Tami Roos, PhD
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Tami Roos is an author, meditation facilitator and intuitive counsellor.
American born, Tami was raised in Santa Clara, California before relocating to Australia in 1993 after marrying her husband, Paul. She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two sons.
She attended San Diego State University where she received her undergraduate degree in International Commerce (BA) and spent her third year of university abroad in Salamanca, Spain furthering her Spanish studies. She completed her MBA in International Management at the Monterey Institute for International Studies with an emphasis in trade and marketing in the spring of 1991.
In the fall of 1999, she attended a Deepak Chopra primordial sound meditation workshop and embraced a daily practice of meditation.
Wishing to follow her passion, Tami gained a PhD in Parapsychic Science from the American Institute of Holistic Theology in 2007 and wrote her dissertation on the beneficial effects of meditation. She has been teaching meditation for the past 13 years and facilitates a developmental course in meditation, which draws on her own experiential experience. Tami is an experienced public speaker and also teaches popular corporate meditation programs.