First of all, let me say that I am NOT a very introspective person. While I DO spend a lot of time inside my own head, I’m generally looking OUTWARD while I’m there (mostly judging), not inward. So when A fellow blogger introduced me to a free 21-day Meditation series hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra, I was skeptical, but decided to try it – and to keep an open mind, even though it all sounded a bit tree-huggy to me.
At first it was a little difficult – I had to find time in my busy schedule of Netflixing and playing Gummy Drop!; I had to convince Mr Tater that I wasn’t sleeping sitting up and that no, he shouldn’t ‘wake’ me; I had to get Nedcat to stop helping by kneading my 3rd Chakra like it was bread dough; but eventually everyone settled into the routine and by the 3rd or 4th day I was really liking it. It actually made me feel very relaxed afterwards, if a bit fuzzy-headed coming back up out of it. And it started me thinking in ways I hadn’t since I was a goofy impressionable teenager, being introduced to Baba Ram Dass’ Be Here Now (Whether that is a plus or a minus, is an exercise left to the reader to determine.)
I’m not going to describe the whole thing here; just to say that it was AWESOME. I’m not ready to start wearing saffron robes or anything, but I have to say, I feel changed by the experience.
Don’t worry, I’m still the same snarky DataTater you’ve come to know and… well, to know. But there might, just might, be some truth to the rumor that you’re never too old to learn something new.
On a side note – that Oprah. What a voice she has! So deep and rich and round and full. Like a fine cigar! I’m sure the rest of the world was already well aware of that; but I realized that I’d never actually heard her speak before.
I don’t want to blather on too long here, just to say that while I’m still not sure I’m doing it right, I do think I’m getting there.
Written as part of the April 2015 A to Z Challenge.