I remember my mother telling me that the glass has to be full before it can ‘runneth over’... I think she learnt this from the Maharishi.
I grew up watching my mother practicing yoga in the living room and meditating every afternoon. When I brought my friends home from school I’d say, “Shhh! My mum is meditating.” This was many years before yoga and meditation were remotely mainstream, so some of my friends were actually a bit scared of my mother... it didn’t help that she was also the local “health nut”, which in those days was like being the local witch.
When I was 13 my mother had me initiated into Transcendental Meditation. Now when I came home from school, I had to meditate for 15 minutes every day. I don’t remember how long I had the meditation practice for, but I do remember one experience I had during my meditation... My mind went completely white. No thoughts... just a feeling of floating in empty space. I experienced nothingness.
Nothing mattered. No-thing-mattered.
It was peace.
Now, anything that brings me to that Being state is my meditation.
When you are feeling so connected in your body, your mind and your spirit... you are in a state of Being.
I call this the creative moment. Or you could say, being in flow or a state of grace.
It's not about the outcome. The point is purely the creative moment.
To have the energy to Do and create, I must first Be.
Whenever I feel disconnected or overwhelmed, I know it's time to fill my cup at the well.
Oh, and my mother still meditates every afternoon... I just make sure I don’t call her at that time...