Recommended to read before my post: In Order to Live: Ordinary live and ordinary health
By this time, I was about 39 years old, and I began considering exactly what I had achieved thus far in life: Did I really like where I was? What exactly did I want? I started to feel disappointed, dissatisfied with achievement on work. I felt like life pass me by and thought something is become wrong to me. It may be familiar to many of you around this age. I had never been a religious person, preferring faith to proof—as I thought befitted the brain of a mechanical engineer. So blindly faith is not for me.
Even so, I began investigating yoga and meditation, but I quickly concluded that yoga would not be beneficial for my back; and meditation in any case was based on Buddhism. So, I continued my search, seeking something that could help me make a change in my life without relying on physical activity or religious theory. Then one day, in a publication now lost to memory, I encountered an article on Dr. Joe Dispenza and his research into energy and the intrinsic power of the brain. I was particularly interested in his work because it did not assume physical activity.
I bought his book, Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One, and it changed my life. In it Dr. Dispenza shares the story of his life and outlines his studies of what the brain can do, explaining in detail why meditation works. I don’t have the space to summarize all his findings here—suffice it to say that he offered the ideal approach to beginning meditation: step by step, week by week. My first small step, of just 10 minutes a day, changed my life forever.
When I began practicing meditation, in February 2017, I began by noticing the things around me. I learned to enjoy the sunlight, the sight of trees, the presence of those around me. After about 3 months, I had advanced to meditating about 40 minutes each day. I read his book again, this time focusing not on how to meditate but rather on what meditation could do. When I did, I gleaned further insights that helped me practice visualization during my times of meditation. I visualized myself playing, running, and jumping with my kids on the beach, performing exercises on the bar, feeling my body become stronger.
I continued my meditation until January 2018. All the while I kept reading Dr. Dispenza’s other books, feeding my brain with still more knowledge. The more I read, the more I became convinced of the brain’s power to change a person’s life. In You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter, Dr. Dispenza traced the brain’s influence over the body’s health, offering many compelling examples. But as much as his work demonstrated the power of the brain, I was not meditating out of a desire to heal my lower back pain. Rather, I was simply curious—curious to see how my life could change. I learned to feel peace and love, became an observer of myself, saw myself externally during the various situations of my life. As I did, I analyzed my behavior and changed my beliefs. All this happened through meditation, which allowed me to consciously control my reactions and other behaviors in different situations day by day.
The results were incredible. I began enjoying my work, my office environment, and my relationships with my colleagues. I came back home from work longing to spend time with my family, feeling as if I hadn’t seen them in a month. Meditation also revolutionized my approach to finances—enough that I’ll discuss the financial aspect of these changes later, in its own section.
I didn’t stop with that second book. Now my brain was open, and I was seeking further knowledge. My firsthand experience was driving me to read more—to do more. So I read Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon and gave my mind even more food for thought while solidifying my belief in the power of the brain.
Dr. Dispenza has written many books—enough to set anyone on the path to success. He offers video training, week-long seminars, and corporate training. Ultimately, however, I have followed my own path, recognizing that slavish adherence to a single person’s vision will take me no further than that person has gone. No person’s path is a perfect fit for others—while learning from one another, we must each tailor our own approach to our circumstances.
Follow me and you will lean what I have achieved by practicing Dr. Joe Dispenza meditations.
Meditations for Practices