Mamata Venkat

In-venturing, one day at a time. 

 

Hi, friends! I'm Mamata.

 

I am... a lot of things: current New Yorker, proud Hufflepuff, Captain America/Marvel super fan, country music lover, writer, blogger, traveller, fast talker, slow eater... You get the point. :) 

 

But above all, I'm a meditator. I've been practicing Heartfulness Meditation, a heart-based meditation, for nearly nine years, and I've been a meditation trainer for four years. Meditation has been the foundation of my life since conception; it's the tool that I use to stay grounded, centered, and interested in my own self-development.

Committing to a daily heart-based meditation practice has a myriad of benefits: stronger routines and time management, increased focus and diligence, better sleeping patterns, stronger communication skills and empathy, and a continuous state of inner peace. The stronger my commitment is to my daily meditation practice, the more I see myself permanently developing these positive habits. I am a better person because I meditate daily. 

So many people have told me that they are interested in meditation, but they don't know where to start. Through funny anecdotes, personal stories, a little bit of vulnerability, and a whole lot of love, my goal is to provide deeper insight into Heartfulness Meditation, its techniques, and what steps you can take to ease meditation into your daily routine. I hope you'll subscribe to my website and follow along! 

In the meantime, you can check out my TEDx Talk (which has been viewed over 2 million times!), my talk at the NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York panel, and a bunch of blog posts that share a little bit more about me. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram. 

Thanks for following along, friends!

With Love., 
Mamata

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#MeditationMonday: When Should I Meditate?


Happy #MeditationMonday, friends! I am missing everything about India, but it also feels good to be back in NYC. I’m (very slowly) pushing through the jet lag, catching up on sleep, remembering how to exist in this crazy city, and getting back into my normal routine.


Part of getting back into a routine, of course, means re-establishing and committing to the time that I meditate every day. Last week, I talked about the importance of WHERE we meditate. WHEN we meditate is equally as important.


We already have a lot of set habits in our lives that we don’t have to think about — brushing our teeth, taking a shower, catching the train or leaving for work. Those are all habits that have been cemented out of consistency and practice.


Meditation is no different. As Kamlesh D. Patel, the global guide of Heartfulness Meditation, explains in The Heartfulness Way, meditating at a fixed hour creates automatism — the more we meditate at the same time each day, the easier it is for meditation to become a habit, and the quicker meditation will become like second nature.


Of course, our lives are incredibly busy. It can be hard to find a time to really dedicate to mediation. It is important to meditate at a time where you will be the least distracted, and will be able to give full, committed dedication to your meditation. Once you find that time, commit to it, and allow yourself to create a habit around it.


There are also special times during the day where meditation is especially encouraged. The hour before sunrise, noon, and sunset are times that are most conducive to meditation, because it is a period during which one part of the day connects with another, and nature is intended to achieve a state of balance. These times are called sandhyas, which is Sanskrit for ‘conjunctions’. By meditating during one of these times, it is possible to absorb the balance created by nature into our meditation and ourselves.

Over the years, I’ve tried meditating at a variety of times — first thing in the morning, around 11AM (which is generally when I used to wake up on the weekends ha), and mid-day. As I’ve honed in on my practice, I have found that I like to meditate as soon as I wake up, right before sunrise — this centers me in a space of peace and calm first thing in the morning, and allows me to carry that grounded energy with me throughout my day.


However, it is important that you test out for yourself what time works best for you to meditate. Try each timing out and see how you feel after each. You will know instinctively which timing works best for you.


You can find all of this information in The Heartfulness Way, co-authored by Joshua Pollock and Kamlesh D. Patel, who is affectionately referred to as Daaji. Got questions or thoughts? Comment below — I’d love to hear them!


Happy Monday, friends!


With Love.,

Mamata

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