“Regular meditation, say of about 15 minutes a day before you turn in,…”
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in jail and then became the President of the rainbow nation South Africa before dying at the age 95. A principled disciplined man who led by example.
In his authorized autobiography he talks about meditation in his own life and how it helped him become the person he was.
“In judging our progress as individuals we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one’s social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education. These are, of course, important in measuring one’s success in material matters and it is perfectly understandable if many people exert themselves mainly to achieve all these. But internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one’s development as a human being. Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others – qualities which are within easy reach of every soul – are the foundation of one’s spiritual life. Development in matters of this nature is inconceivable without serious introspection, without knowing yourself, your weaknesses and mistakes.
At least, if for nothing else, the cell gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct, to overcome the bad and develop whatever is good in you. Regular meditation, say about 15 minutes a day before you turn in, can be very fruitful in this regard. You may find it difficult at first to pinpoint the negative features of your life, but the 10th attempt may yield rich rewards. Never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.”
Excerpt from “Mandela The Authorised Biography” by Anthony Sampson (pg 252).
The singer & performing star practices the technique every morning while sitting on her bed with her eyes closed for about 20 minutes to make sure she is relaxed and in a good mood before she starts work.
“it’s the deepest rest your brain gets..”
“It’s something that’s with you for your whole life,”
On the subject of why she meditates
“Because it feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s OK again. That’s what meditation is for me.”
‘Wake up! The world is so much greater. Go, be by yourself, go meditate, go spend 10 minutes really looking at yourself..”
“I really had a hard time being alone…. I finally wanted to go inside [her own head] and think – what to I really think about this”
A Mother of 2 children
Danni – a mother of 2 says
“If it wasnt for meditation I would be a basket case.”
“Being a mother is wonderful, awe inspiring, rewarding ,challenging, stressful – its a roller coaster. There is also a lot of anxiety about development, illness, dangers and many other things.”
“Conflict – how well you resolve conflict in a relationship is how well your relationship will be. I used to mis-direct my anger and anxiety. I wouldn’t acknowledge how I felt. There was lots of shouting and hurt. Our councillor suggested guided meditation. My response to things is so much better. I get angry less often and more in proportion. I meditate instead of shout. There is peace in our relationship and we will be one of those long happy lives.”
“I had no idea how profoundly I was affected by my dad’s death. It sucked the life out of me. Meditation helped me through a tough time and now its part of my life.”