Portable Bliss

After forty years in Washington, DC, I just moved eight thousand miles away and am settled in Jerusalem, Israel. Every morning when I finish my morning meditation I think, “This is the best thing I could have brought with me”…and the easiest. It required no luggage, airfare, shipment or space. I carry it inside my very self wherever I am.

I so wish EVERYONE knew how easy it is to learn, to practice and to live, love, be creative, energetic and find strength from this magnificent quiet daily practice of TM.

I truly cannot imagine having made this major move to a new country, a new culture, and a new way of life without knowing how to meditate and meditating! Not that it required a “move” to appreciate it!

Before we left Washington, I needed a medical procedure where anesthetic was not advised but would require some courage and strength. My morning meditation helped me sail through the entire procedure.

How? How does one find energy, clarity and strength to do what others might find so incredibly difficult? How does practicing TM help?

My experience is that when we meditate, we give our minds, our bodies, our souls—our very selves—a chance for a genuine “resting of the mind” during which time our worrisome thoughts and anxieties are calmed while we transcend to a totally timeless quiet center in our inner selves. We truly take a “dip in the pool” as a dear friend, a lifelong meditator, had once expressed. It is amazing that “twenty minutes” is no longer, “Oh dear, TWENTY minutes!” Rather, it is an experience, daily, of “Where did that time fly??? That felt so good, so quieting, so energizing.” Or sometimes it leaves me in a state of peace where I feel like “Okay, now I can let myself rest” and can do just that.

This is why TM can exist all over the world. The experience is natural to all of us—a universal experience that fits in every culture, every climate, every time zone and is inherent within each and every person on earth.

I close with wishes for peace and happiness to all.

About the Author

Mindy Weisel is a noted artist. Her art hangs in museums and institutions around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, Hirshhorn Museum, National Museum of American Art, Israel Museum and was featured in thirty one-person shows and numerous group exhibitions. She is the author of “Touching Quiet: Reflections in Solitude” and editor of “Daughters of Absence,” an anthology of essays, poetry, photos and more from daughters of Holocaust survivors. Mindy currently lives in Israel with her husband and family.