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Meditating Moms: Transcendental Meditation Is the Best Friend for Moms
by Harbour Fraser Hodder

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29 June 2017

Lina Trujillo's kids think she has superpowers. Being an engineer, entrepreneur, and 24/7 mom, you can understand why.

One morning Lina entered her teenaged son's bedroom and saw him with his head in his hands. She asked what was wrong, and he said, ''I'm tired.''

''How can you be tired? You just slept 8 hours,'' she said. ''Look at me. I'm older, I've been awake for two hours, I've done a lot of things, and I'm not tired.''

His response? ''That's because you're a woman.''

Lina shares this story ''because today being a woman is a synonym for having superpowers. Moms are those rare kinds of human beings who do everything for themselves and others. And they're supposed to have the energy, time, health, and everything else necessary to accomplish whatever they have or want to do.''

But having superpowers isn't easy.

''TM is my recharge station. When I think I'm not going to be able to make the time for my meditation, I just think I'm a car, and I need gas. There is no 'later' if my tank is empty. I just have to stop at the gas station to fill up my tank. Life can wait,'' Lina says.

''TM is the best friend for moms,'' she adds. ''Life as a mom is very stressful, and regular TM practice gives us clarity, energy, and connection.''

TM as Exponential Everyday Growth

In 2000, Lina, 44, and her husband Luis Trujillo, 48, emigrated from Colombia to Miami, where their sons Lucas, 15, and Matias, 12, were born.

Lina, who's an engineer, is ''first of all a mom.'' She combines this 24/7 job with running a clothing export business. She's also starting a career as a speaker, ''to inspire and empower women to live a balanced life. I believe it is possible to have it all.''

But Lina didn't always feel that way: ''Four years ago I was at a point in my life where I had everything I was supposed to have. I was an engineer, married, two kids, and had my own business. What else could I ask for, right? I have always been a happy, positive, and strong person. But at that moment, I just felt that something was missing.''

Trying to figure out what that was, Lina read The Passion Test by Janet and Chris Attwood and discovered her passions. ''They also mentioned how important the Transcendental Meditation program was in their lives, and it got my attention,'' she says.

As an engineer, Lina was skeptical about meditation. ''But what got me into TM was the scientific research about it,'' she reports. ''I was looking for something measurable. I was looking for proof. And I loved finding so many studies, articles, and recommendations from doctors. I felt they were my kind of people, and this was the right type of meditation for me.''

It was love at first meeting. ''I fell in love with TM from day one. My life changed completely from that moment in terms of energy, clarity, and serenity. Everything has expanded—my heart, my soul, my love. I just describe TM as exponential everyday growth,'' writes Lina.

Lina's TM Tips for Having It All

How does Lina do it? With a routine that prioritizes TM practice—for herself and her family. Soon after she started TM, her husband said, ''I want what you have.'' So on their family trip to Colombia that summer, Luis and their sons took the TM course, as a gift from Lina.

Lina's day starts at 5:00: ''I do my morning TM for 20 minutes, then I run to Yoga from 6:00 to 7:30 three times a week. Then I go to work. And no matter what is happening in my life, at 2:30, I stop everything and do my afternoon TM.''

Lina especially loves the simplicity of the TM technique. ''I can do it anywhere, anytime—and that's important,'' she adds. ''I spend a lot of time on benches, waiting for my kids to finish their swimming practice!''

For her teens, the car is a good place to meditate: ''I take one of my kids to school before going to work, and he meditates in the car. My husband takes my other son to school, and he does the same. In the afternoon I pick them both up, and they do their afternoon TM.''

As a result, Lina's kids are doing great in school. ''They also swim competitively and play instruments for their school bands. They have time to socialize with friends, play some games at home, and be happy,'' she says. ''This wouldn't be possible without their TM practice.''

When Lina shares all this with friends, their first reaction is that it's not doable.

''But for me, it's just a matter of realizing how important this is for functioning well in my life,'' she says. ''It's a matter of commitment to living a healthy life, with a clear mind, and making sure I'm not accumulating daily stress. If TM has a purpose in your life, you will make it a habit!''

SOURCE: Excerpts from Enjoy TM News

See previous article in this series:
Meditating Moms: Busy moms share tips for balancing their TM practice with work/family life

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