Dinner, some wine, TV on the couch in our pajamas, and that’s how Sir Husband and I spend most of our fairy tale evenings…until 10 p.m. when we head upstairs for the night. We get into bed, the room is dark and quiet, the cat snuggles herself in between our legs. And then it happens.
Without saying a word, we put on our headphones, open our iPads, and simultaneously hit play on the day’s meditation. It’s Oprah Chopra Meditation Experience time again, and every night we meditate together while holding hands. Yep, this is how it is when you are so compatible with your spouse that even meditating together is bliss.
This is our fourth “free experience” – 21 days in a row of guided meditations based on a particular theme. This one is about shedding the weight of mind, body and spirit, for a more light and enlightened you. Each day the meditation begins with a two-minute talk by Oprah, then Chopra offers a few minutes of soothing wisdom-filled zen, and bam. We’re off and meditating for the next 15 minutes with the day’s designated mantra, usually involving the word Om.
This is where the experience changes for Sir Husband and me, because in spite of listening to the same talks and music and silently chanting the same mantra, no two people have the same experience.
It took him a while to get into these, begrudgingly trying the first one last year, but by the third he was sold and now he’s so into the “results,” he looks forward to it. They have truly changed his mind-body mentality – meditation mysteriously soothes the nervous system and expands consciousness, it’s like this crazy magic medicine that supersedes any standard protocols.
That’s him. But I’m a different story. When they say that meditation is the key to the hidden power of the mind-body connection and cleans your inner house, for me they really mean it. Oh sure it’s like taking a mega-dose of muscle and mind relaxers, but like clockwork at the start of each free experience, my body decides to detox. The first two days I’m in the bathroom, and the next three days I have a killer headache. I find meditation quite soothing, except when I feel sick. It passes after the first few days, that’s my adjustment phase. The issues are in the tissues is my favorite Chopra phrase.
Who am I to question the crossover between science and spirituality? My psyche and body have minds of their own, I have always had a reactive body to my emotions. So from emotional stress which can make us sick, to a full body detox or cleanse, a free meditation experience is two bangs for my buck.
Thankfully according to this round’s theme of removing the burdened past, I am not the person I used to be, and can release my old self now. So I overachieved in that concept again with a detox cleanse. But the shift is set in motion for my restoration and healing. I’m my own ally in this process, along with my partner in Om. We can all find daily fulfillment, when we just get in the zone.