Meditation - Moving from past to the present; and then what?

Earlier this year, my husband and I had the privilege of attending Dr. Joe Dispenza's Progressive and Advanced workshops back-to-back in Tampa, FL. Why had we flown halfway across the world to learn, understand and practice his method of meditation? What triggered our interest was reading his mind blowing (almost literally) books Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and You Are The Placebo. Click on the links to get them as audio books!

The cool thing about his method is that bridges the science of how the brain works and the esoteric nature of meditative practice. Dr Joe demystifies the process of meditation, while giving you a clear, results-based method to overcoming your past, limitations, and beliefs to create the life that you really want. 

Getting beyond the "self"

The premise is simple enough to understand, but slightly more challenging to put into practice. How do we re-wire ourbrains and re-condition our bodies to make lasting changes? In essence, we need to get past our "training", or our habitual responses to our external stimuli and environment, and move to a point where we are able to be greater than our environment, time and bodies.

Do you wake up at pretty much the same time every day? Get to work in the same way? Go to a few regular places for your meals at pretty much around the same time? Or fume at the same comment from that colleague that irritates you? Kiss your kids on the same cheek as they go to bed? Well, my friend, most of us do. And it is precisely these habitual behaviors that create hardwired connections in our brain, that make us feel like "us".


The practice of meditation, then, allows us some space to keep the daily habitual clutter out of our minds.

What does that do? It give us an opportunity to get to an alpha, delta (or even theta and gamma) brain waves which is the state in which we can literally "change our minds". Old patterns no longer have to stick, traumatic memories can be resolved, physical symptoms (read: disease) can be prevented and even reversed. 

As the mind gets clear on what it is capable of, we can use the mind to better manage matter (our bodies, time, and environment); and not the other way round.

New habits, new me

Personally, several changes have happened since the workshop:

1. Meditation is now a daily practice

Since coming back from Tampa, I now meditate between 1.5 to 2 hours a day...for someone who could not sit still for 20 minutes before, this is an achievement!

2. Awareness

There is a greater sense of awareness now, that allows me to catch myself falling into old patterns of blame, resentment, and anger. Even my husband noticed it, and as my closest and frankest provider of feedback, that is also an achievement.

3. Old patterns and memories that I held on to for years have dissolved.

As with many people, I used to hold on to memories, both good and bad, that gave me a sense of who I am, and where I have come from. These memories gave me comfort or a means of escaping what was going on in my life at the time. Going through these workshops and meditations, however, I realised that they not only took me into the past, but were holding me back, by preventing me form creating new beliefs, new thoughts, new dreams.

There are also tons of testimonials on how this work has changed lives in deep, amazing ways. You can access some of those here.

It's only been a few months, but the changes have been profound, and I can't wait to see what else comes up as we continue on this work! So what's next? Well, the point of all this, is that your future can be created, once you have moved beyond your past and are more present.

More on that in future posts!