Eric meditated with me two days in a row! Even though he was pretty sure it was "too late in the day" this evening. For a Saturday, I guess.
We used the guide below for the chakra meditation.
It was very relaxing, although I'm not sure I completely believe in chakras. With things like this, I usually start off skeptical and then come around if the evidence is supportive. But I'm not trying to use my skepticism (or perhaps I'm trying not to), so I just did the meditation and it was good. It was easier to imagine the lower chakras than the higher ones. This probably means something, but I don't know what. And I don't have time to research it.
Then we did the "om" meditation. One of my friends, Sam, said that there are actually three parts to om meditations, but we went with a guide I found on YouTube that only had the one part. It was 20 minutes of om chanting, over and over (that is the nature of chants, after all).
If "om" is even considered a chant. It's kind of chant-like. Chanty. Chantish.
I've listened to other chants in the past, not necessarily for mediation, but just because they are soothing. I used to have a tape (yes, a cassette tape) of chants that I picked up after I did that Art of Living course. Today, though, was the longest I've ever participated, that I can recall. It was kind of nice to have Eric's voice, too. I can only imagine how powerful it would be to do this meditation with a large group.
This was the first meditation that brought on feelings like drug-induced feelings. Not once did I feel like getting up, and only once or twice did I have to bring my mind back to the meditation. I could feel the hum of "om" through my entire body, like a vibration. Perhaps I've found my favorite.
Here's the link to what we used tonight: