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by Dana Wood

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Tapping into Meditation to Tame Your Restless Mind

I can't tell you how long "Learn to Meditate" has been sitting on my life-goals list. Not on my ho-hum to-do list, next to "schedule teeth cleaning" or "buy Huggies Pull-Ups." I'm talking about the biggie, the list that serves as the repository for my deepest desires for myself, like "Find Hubby" and "Have Baby." That's how important I consider meditation to my overall health and wellness.

So if it's so important, why haven't I tackled it before now? I guess I wasn't ready. Though I'm sure I could've benefited from meditation at earlier stages of my life, I was just too antsy to explore it (and yes, I see the irony in that). Another big reason is that I'd always assumed meditation required a lot of skill and knowledge. Not so. As it turns out, meditation is just like so many other things in life. Sometimes you just have to wade into the shallow end and start splashing around. "There's no 'right' or 'wrong' with meditation," says intuitive guru Michele Bernhardt, a multitasking healer, astrologer, and metaphysician who's produced several guided meditation CDs. (Learn more at her brilliant website, ''A big part of meditation is your intention."

So at least intend to give meditation a shot, and in the process, you'll be giving yourself the opportunity to relax, gain mental clarity, and connect with your spirituality.

Go with the Flow

As I said, I hope you don't take a page out of my book by contemplating meditation for a good ten years before actually trying it. To help you move your intention into reality and make the whole shebang that much more compelling, here's a list of tips:


"I've gotten much more deeply spiritual since I had my child. I trace it directly to being pregnant with him. I was introduced to the notion that our babies choose us as parents. Well, that terrified me to my core. So, I started an intense inner dialogue with my unborn child about who I really am, what kind of mother I hoped to be, my hopes and dreams, etc. To do that, I had to really dig deep and explore the whole 'Who Am I? Why Am I Here?' business. It got me on the path that has led to my becoming a meditation coach. I meditate daily and love it. "

-Katherine, mama of one

The above is an excerpt from the book Momover: The New Mom's Guide to Getting It Back Together (even if you never had it in the first place!) by Dana Wood, Foreword by Veronica Webb. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2010 Dana Wood, author of Momover: The New Mom's Guide to Getting It Back Together (even if you never had it in the first place!)