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3 Reasons I Meditate

I wasn’t always grateful to have been born into a family of yogis. As a preteen, I watched my dad doing “peacock pose” on the picnic table in our campsite and thought, Why can’t we just be normal? As it turns out, it’s a good thing we weren’t, because if we had been, I’d probably be dead. 1. Meditation saved my life “Yoga” to my parents meant more than fancy postures, and Transcendental Meditation was its most important aspect. I first learned the children’s version of  TM when I was four. My dad, a certified teacher, taught me how to repeat a secret mantra silently while I wandered and played. When I practised my “word of wisdom,” I felt content. When I was ten, he gave me the grown-up version, in which I still repeated the mantra silently, only now, I did it sitting down, with my eyes closed. In junior high school, like most kids, I was obsessed with fitting in. I didn’t like being different. Meditation was different. I quit doing it until, nearly …