Meditation on the Cheap
As I've written many times, one of the ways I stay centered and grounded is through meditation. I do Transcendental Meditation and other kinds, as well, and recently I've been getting requests for good meditation resources that don't cost $2,500 for a mantra (like TM).
There are countless CDs and downloads and books, but MyYogaOnline is not only convenient (as in, you don't have to leave the house), but it is also very inexpensive to join (and you can view sample videos free of charge), and the videos are beautifully produced.
You can learn yoga, Pilates and meditation, and after having meditated for nearly two decades I can say that, for instance, the "Meditation on Emotions" is a perfect introduction to meditation and is actually very much like what I do at least a couple of times a week.
We vegans have a lot of feelings associated with why we do what we do and I, for one, find it necessary to do a lot of work around my emotions. I sometimes experience despair thinking about all of the suffering. I sometimes get very angry that so few people seem to care. And I often am overcome with sadness. And in order to deal with all of that and remain productive and even . . . happy for sustained periods of time, I remind myself of why I am who I am, I exercise intensely as an outlet, I connect with like-minded people, and I nourish my mind and body.
Whenever someone jokes about a person who meditates and yet is profoundly dysfunctional, the comeback is: Imagine what they'd be like if they didn't meditate. Meditation isn't instant enlightenment or equanimity. It is, however, a tool that has demonstrated, positive effects on the human brain. And with everything our brains are processing and attempting to cope with, we need all the help we can get.