Caroline Manrique, 1

Interview with Caroline Manrique

MP:

What form of meditation do you find most effective?

Caroline:

For me it comes in small moments throughout the day. I am a busy Mom and it can be challenging to find a 30 minute chunk of time for sitting meditation. So I try to be mindful throughout the day. And when I can get a 5 minute window...I will sit and begin to slow my breath. I close my eyes and place my hands in "Namaste." I find these moments so refreshing and sacred. Sometimes I will do this in the car while waiting to pick up my kids.

MP:

Were there times before kids that you meditated for longer than 5 minutes? If so, was it anything formalized? I am not suggesting that a five minute meditation cannot be effective. After all, time is relative. I have had deep meditation experiences in just five minutes. However, this was not always the case for me. Only after a few years of deep meditation was I able to drop into anything like a quality meditative state within a 5 minute period. This is why I ask about previous experiences on your part. I am curious as to whether this is the case.

Caroline:

Funny you ask this question... I did not really meditate before kids. Maybe I was not as stressed! I began to meditate more after my kids were born, as I could feel the pressure and stress of parenthood building within. After my second child was born, I began seeking "meaning" and was searching for something that formalized religion was not giving me.

I began to meditate and was introduced to Reiki (and actually became a Reiki master). This filled a significant hole within my spirit. And now I am "committing to sitting" even for only 5 minutes (but trying for at least 20- 30 minutes a day). It really makes a difference. Now, I find that I am more mindful, peaceful and patient.

MP:

You say that the Reiki "filled a significant hole in your spirit" and I would like you to, if possible talk about how this occurred for you, not so much intellectually but what happened to you on a feeling level due to your willingness to explore your own inner life.

Caroline:

When I first signed up for the Reiki class...I had no idea what Reiki was! I know that sounds crazy to sign up for something without knowledge...but I was following my heart on this. The first day of class was amazing. We did an hour long meditation followed by an in-depth discussion of energy and explanation of Reiki. Long story short, I began a lifelong spiritual journey.

Learning about Reiki energy healing was so eye opening. I feel so much more "connected" now. I follow my heart more and listen less to my ego. I realize that I know very little about the universe...but I know that energy and love are very much part of it. And since becoming more aware...I feel so much happier and whole.

MP:

I have another question for you. In what way do you routinely get in touch with your own divinity, and can you provide a recent specific example of how your meditation practice (what has been opened up through Reiki and then perhaps further developed by yourself) has enabled you to more fully navigate with your heart?

Caroline:

It's quite simple...I pray. Every day I give thanks for all the goodness in my life. I thank "the divine being" for assisting me in my navigation in life. Also, I occasionally use Doreen Virtue's angel cards. I pull a card from the deck and will use that as an affirmation to guide me through the day. As always, I just try to be mindful. Being present and living in the moment.

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