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MEDITATION IS A MAGICAL ELIXIR FOR PEACE, SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT, CREATIVITY, BETTER HEALTH, AND MUCH MORE

Spiritual leader Dr. Rama Dwivedi and I share a smile during an amazing evening of singing, praying, and feasting on Indian cuisine with 40 people at his home near Washington, D.C.  

Spiritual leader Dr. Rama Dwivedi and I share a smile during an amazing evening of singing, praying, and feasting on Indian cuisine with 40 people at his home near Washington, D.C.  

by ELIZABETH

My brain was a cyclone, spinning over too many things at once. 

Tension gripped my muscles.

So, as I do most days, I did yoga in my living room — usually The Five Tibetans or a Kundalini routine with Maya Fiennes.

Yoga opens the chakras, boosts intuition, and elevates me to high-frequency channels to crystal-clear meditation. 

So, after the exhilarating, body-soothing movements of yoga, I lay on the couch under a plush blanket, cover my eyes, listen to sonic driver drumming music, and slip into a theta brainwave state.

Immediately, I’m floating up into a dreamy realm.  Comforting energy engulfs me.  My heartbeat and breathing become extremely slow.  Tension melts from my body. I feel feather-light.  And my brain swirls with spiritual visions, voices, and serenity.

It feels so good, you have to experience it to believe it!  In fact, I want to stay there for hours!  But it took awhile to reach that state.  My first attempts at meditation were terrible.  Awful images and voices bombarded my mind at a million miles an hour, like a TV remote clicking channels at lightning speed. 

So, seven years ago, I asked for help from a longtime family friend who is a brilliant spiritual leader from India.

“Dr. Rama, I really want to meditate,” I told him in 2010 when my mother and I visited him and his lovely wife at their home near Washington, D.C.  “I think it will help to calm anxiety and fears, end a long struggle with food and weight, and heal from divorce.”  Also, as a writer, I believed that meditation could help me tap into unprecedented depths of creativity.

“Meditation is an ancient practice that can help you have everything that you desire in life,” Dr. Rama told me and my mother in his meditation room as Lord Shiva’s Mantra  played continuously.  “It will help you connect to divine guidance that gives you blessings in every area of your life.  Your life can change so dramatically, you will hardly believe it.”

He explained that the practice of getting still and silent every day calms the mind, soothes the body, and unleashes the spirit, which is the source of all power.  Unfortunately, our busy, anxious minds and the noisy, overwhelming world often make it difficult to access this power.

“Your thoughts are like a million wild horses, all running in different directions,” he said.  “So I will teach you to meditate to quiet the mind and connect with divine energy that can guide you and protect you and give you everything you need.”

He then taught me and my mother how to meditate, emphasizing that it’s crucial to begin with a breathing technique called Pranayam to oxygenate the brain.

Back home in Michigan, I practiced diligently, every evening.  Soon, I was able to still my mind, which flooded with new creative ideas, positive energy and the desire to follow a vegetarian diet.  A year later, during my nightly meditation practice, a powerful spiritual revelation sparked a profound and life-changing awakening.  

After that, Lori Lipten taught me techniques that turbo-boosted my daily meditation practice.

If praying is looking up and asking, then meditation is listening to receive guidance.  The key is to take action on what you “hear” from your inner voice, God, angels, intuition, your ancestors, your Higher Power, or whatever you choose to call that still, small voice within that is so easy to ignore — but is always right.  

In 2013, the guidance that I received during meditation told me to retreat from the world to write, meditate, eat no meat, be celibate and elevate to a new spiritual dimension.  I obeyed that guidance for one year, and it was tremendously healing, empowering, and magical.

Since then, the spiritual empowerment that began with Dr. Rama's meditation lesson has enabled me to reinvent myself with a wellness lifestyle of yoga, meditation, journaling, running & cycling, strength training, and a eating natural diet.  

It has also magnetized me to amazing opportunities — acting in two movies, hosting a TV show, writing and publishing my books with Two Sisters Writing and Publishing, writing books for phenomenal people through Atkins & Greenspan Writing, excelling at parenthood, working with people healing from mental illness and addiction, teaching journal-writing classes, enjoying mind-blowingly amazing personal relationships with family and friends, and very importantly, enjoying inner peace and excellent health.

My mother and I recently visited Dr. Rama, and he taught me how to enhance my daily meditation practice even more.  We also participated in a beautiful gathering of 40 people to honor his childhood friend, former Indian High Court Judge Devi Prasad Singh, who was visiting the United States for the first time.  The four-hour soirée of singing, praying and feasting on delicious Indian cuisine prepared by Dr. Rama's wife Aruna, was pure love and joy.

Words cannot express my gratitude to Dr. Rama.  He is an amazing teacher whose guidance enables me to share his wisdom with others.  This makes each of us a pebble in the pond of humanity, creating new ripples of hope and positive energy to uplift and heal the world.

Words cannot express my gratitude to Dr. Rama for being a most outstanding and stellar teacher.  His guidance enables me to share his wisdom with others.  This makes each of us a pebble in the pond of humanity, creating new ripples of hope and positive energy to uplift and heal the world.

As for how I felt the other day when my brain was a hurricane of thoughts, and my body was tense, meditation pushed my mental and physical “reset” buttons and soothed me into a calm state where I wrote for hours, then slept like a baby.

So, if you’re ready to calm the whirl of worries in your mind, and relax the tension in your body, you can start with just a few minutes a day, using a meditation app, or an internet video, or even a class.  Even if it seems hard at first, stick with it.

You will be amazed at how meditation is your magic elixir to becoming your best YOU!

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 © Elizabeth Ann Atkins