For my M word I decided to go with meditation, specifically Transcendental Meditation.
In the mid 70's, a girl I worked with and me found out that they were offering classes in Transcendental Meditation at a library. I don't know how we even knew what it was at the time but I'm thinking we probably heard that The Beatles did it. So, we signed up for the classes.
It was started by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who actually taught The Beatles the technique.
At the time, it cost $125 which was quite a bit at that time. It was two or three classes. My family and my boyfriend (my husband) thought we were both nuts LOL.
I found it very interesting. Each person was given a "secret word" that is called a mantra and you weren't allowed to tell anyone what the word was. This is it kind of in a nutshell although a TM teacher would tell you there is much more to it, which there is. For two minutes you calm your mind. Then you start repeating the mantra in your head until you are not really repeating it its just kind of there. You do it for 20 minutes. Then you do the 2 minute calming down (it's not actually called calming down just kind of thinking nothing).
I found it very calming when doing it and your breathing gets very slow. I found myself sometimes freaking out by how slow my breathing got. After taking the lessons, I did it for a while but then stopped doing it on a regular basis. Believe it or not, as many times as I've said on this blog what a terrible memory I have, I have never forgotten the mantra. I've also never told anyone want my mantra is. Although my whole family wanted me to tell them. I was always afraid if I told anyone, I would forget. For all I know everyone that ever did Transcendental Meditation might have the same one LOL.
According to some things I read recently it is not without controversy. Primarily because of how much it costs. In 2009, it cost $1500 for the course. Also, they offer supplemental courses. I know my friend did take some extra courses but I didn't.
When I am especially stressed I still do it some times. I should really get back to doing it on a regular basis.
I can't waiting to get over to Jenny Matlock's to see what others did for their M post. Why don't you head on over too. http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2010/04/alphabe-thursday-m.html