There were about 20 people in our Turning Point class, ranging from teens to elderly.
That first evening, our counselors told us what lay ahead for the coming week.
After that, we did our first activity – learning how to do Transcendental Meditation.
We all took a seat, sat up straight, closed our eyes and listened to one of the counselors lead us through it.
I breathed in, held, breathed out, tried to focus on just that breathing, wondered about a possible mantra, continued to listen to our counselor and repeated all of the above.
Traffic noise from the busy intersection outside became a constant background presence, but fortunately not too loud thanks to all the pulled-down blinds in the room.
A few minutes passed.
Part of me kept concentrating on following our counselor and waiting for whatever Transcendental Meditation was to start happening.
Another part of me, though, began chanting the mantra Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit…
Yet another part of me told that cynical chanter to knock it off…
And then suddenly it happened.
First, my whole body settled and became incredibly relaxed.
Second, the traffic noises outside became softer.
I felt wonderful.
No, it wasn’t a mystical or spiritual experience.
But it was an amazing mental and physical experience.
I felt very, very calm.
The bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, bullshit vanished completely.
I was still following our counselor, but at the same time I was very much in a mental and physical place that I had never experienced before.
It was truly a remarkable place to be.
That session lasted about twenty minutes, as would all our subsequent sessions.
As our counselor brought us out of our session, part of me was very reluctant to see it go.
But another part of me was already looking forward to our next session tomorrow.
If this is what Transcendental Meditation was, I definitely wanted more.
That first session had truly been one of the most remarkable experiences of my life.
What else lay in store during The Turning Point?
TO BE CONTINUED