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I can’t help but notice that the idea of meditation is showing up everywhere these days.  When I started meditating well over 20 years ago, meditation was still thought of something strange for us in the West.  It was thought of as an Eastern practice, or from India, or different, or new age, or something hippies practiced, or ……  It wasn’t something that someone like me, from mainstream middle America, would do.  Yet as time has evolved, so has the idea of meditation, both for me and the population in general.  Quietly sitting and being with myself.  Going inward for peace, clarity, focus and more.  It is spoken about by yoga instructors, celebrities, sports figures, teachers, schools and in churches.  It is presented in specials, news media, YouTube Channels and in magazines.  It has become a topic and practice in mainstream Western life.

I love the definitions of meditation in the book Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself – How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza.  He explains that in the Tibetan language, to meditate means “to become familiar with.”  One definition of meditation in the book is becoming familiar with Self, a practice of self-observation and self-development.  Dr. Joe also shares that to meditate in Sanskrit means “to cultivate self.” So, a second definition of meditation in the book is cultivating self.  Meditation is a tool for self-change that brings with it great rewards.

Our host on Quantum Leap Book Club, Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, tells us that meditation is the way to know yourself, who you truly are, how great and powerful you are, and it is the path to connecting with the “blackness”, the field of connection and of all potential.  It is the way to achieve all you are here to achieve.

And here’s what others have to say about mindfulness and meditation:

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things—that’s when your intuition starts to blossom, and you start to see things more clearly. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.”  – Steve Jobs – Entrepreneur, inventor

“It is a lifelong gift. It’s something you can call on at any time. Now it’s actually coming into the mainstream. I think it’s a great thing.” – Paul McCartney –Singer, songwriter

“I meditate every day. It’s like having an anchor. If I don’t do it, I feel like I’m constantly chasing the day as opposed to being in control and dictating my day. I have a calmness about whatever comes my way, a poise, and that comes from starting my morning off with meditation.” – Kobe Bryant – NBA player

“The whole of meditation practice can be essentialized into these 3 crucial points: Bring your mind home. Release. And relax!”   – Sogyal Rinpoche – Tibetan Buddhist lama, teacher, best-selling author

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.  – Thich Nhat Hanh – Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, best-selling author, poet, spiritual leader

“Meditation is not about feeling a certain way. It’s about feeling the way you feel.” — Dan Harris – American journalist and ABC network news anchor/host, author

 “Everyone in my life meditates; I am a big proponent of meditation. When I do it in the morning, it adds tremendous creativity to my radio show. After the show, my head is pounding from the headphones and the loud noise; five hours of headphones and talking is exhausting. I meditate, walk out, and I have the whole rest of my day. I’m a new person. I don’t think I could live without it.” – Howard Stern – DJ, talk show host

And from Dr. Joe Dispenza:

 “Meditating is a means for you to move beyond your analytical mind so that you can access your subconscious mind. That’s crucial, since the subconscious is where all your bad habits and behaviors that you want to change reside.” – Joe Dispenza – Bestselling author, researcher and international lecturer 

 From Dr. Joe’s perspective and experience, it helps you break the habit of being your old self, and helps you hardwire in the person you want to be.  And from my perspective, I wouldn’t be who I am today without it.

So as a co-host, I invite you to join Host Pa’Ris’Ha and my other co-hosts of Quantum Leap Book Club on Law of Attraction Radio Network to explore what meditation can do for you. Go to to learn how to meditate and create the new YOU and expand on what you bring to the humanity and the world!

Co-Host – Tryna Cooper