Real Stories: Interview with Gwen Morgan on the Benefits of Meditation
New! At the end of each week (Friday/Saturday) I’ll share an interview or personal story about “real people” who have benefited from practices like yoga, meditation and other alternative healing methods. Why? As a way to raise awareness about these practices and hopefully get more people interested in using them to feel better. Have a story you want to share? Send me an email. I’d love to share your story here.
Gwen Morgan, a friend, colleague and creator of the What if Workbook, shares her experience with the 21-day Chopra meditation program.
What prompted you to participate in a meditation program?
A friend of mine sent me an invitation to the Chopra Center 21 day meditation program. I was feeling unbalanced, and knew I needed something to ground me. I was ready.
Had you considered such a practice before?
I try to meditate as much as possible, but admittedly not regularly. I was attracted to this 21 Day Challenge because they were guided meditations. I thought these would be easier than my usual meditation. Typically I sit in silence and try to be still/quiet the mind … which can be so hard! I’ve heard so many great things about the Deepak Chopra Center that I knew they would be good quality.
What challenges did you face with the practice and how did you overcome them?
When the program started I didn’t feel ‘quite ready’. I started 3 days late! People were posting responses to the daily meditations, and I wasn’t ‘on schedule’ with them. I regretted the decision to start late. It was pretty cool thinking there were thousands of people all over the world listening to the same meditations as me!
One of the best suggestions they made – the RPM method: Rise, Pee, Meditate, to be sure nothing got in the way of getting to it. I am a ‘have to have my coffee before anything in the morning’ kind of girl, so I thought this would be really difficult. But it felt right the first morning I tried it. I purchased the 21 Days of Meditation when the free program was over, and still try to RPM. I love it!
(Note from Stacey: I started the RPM method myself and it really helps keep me consistent with my daily practice. No excuses!)
What benefits have you realized (how it’s helped your personal/professional life)
Oh my … HUGE benefits. These meditations are actually little lessons about life, they are not ‘sitting in silence’ for the whole time. They were only about 10-15 minutes long, but really got to the heart of the subject of the day. For example, you were asked, “Who are you, really?”, or “What is your life’s purpose?”, or they brought up opening your heart, forgiveness, being gentle with yourself … things of this nature. I found that the calmness and groundedness I felt each morning extended well into my day. I can honestly say it benefited me as a person, which improved both my personal and professional lives. If I have a lot on my plate, I tend to get in a real tizzy. When I am doing these meditations, I find I really settle down and take care of one thing at a time, instead of being frenzied.
What would you recommend others who might be curious and/or afraid of the practice?
Give it a try! What have you got to lose? When do we give ourselves 15 minutes to just ‘be’, to learn, to be in touch with our inner selves? And it’s free!! My advice is not to be hard on yourself. If you miss a day (or 2, or 3), jump right back in. I found that the meditations stayed on the website for over a month after the 21 days, so you can always get right back in. There were some I really enjoyed, so I just kept going back to those after I finished the 21 days.
More about Gwen
Gwen Morgan is the Founder/Director of The Lydia Group, based in Scituate, MA. Gwen wrote the What if …Workbook© after years of working in Hospice and Elder Care, and drawing from her own personal experience. WHAT IF something unexpected were to happen to you … a fire, a flood, a death? The What if…Workbook includes financial information, contacts, document storage, last wishes, family medical history, and much more! Procrastinate no more! Give the Gift of Preparedness to Your Loved Ones!