LA: Hunting Accident leads to meditation practice
January 15, 2010
Accident leads to meditation practice
When Chuck St. Romain was granted a new lease on life, he also received a
new view of how to live that renewed opportunity more fully.
A hunting accident came perilously close to killing St. Romain, but his
traumatic journey through that experience led to an appreciation of
meditation and a spiritual awakening.
"I was duck hunting south of here," St. Romain said. "I slipped, heard a
bang, got shot and was bleeding from my head. At first, I was terrified.
Then that shifted into sadness, and I told those with me to tell (wife) Barb
and (daughter) Claire that I love them, because I didn't think I'd see them
"Then I shifted into this incredible awareness of my breath. I was so
present with my breath, so connected. My terror had eased dramatically."
The surgeon at the hospital in Cameron Parish told St. Romain that if the
bullet had been a half-inch from where it was, he would have died instead of
suffering a frightening scalp wound.
"I wanted to understand," said St. Romain, a licensed clinical social
"It was no accident that it happened. I was overwhelmed. I wanted to let
the universe teach me. I decided to go investigate meditation."
St. Romain has been practicing meditation for 14 years now. He has
translated that discovery into Spirit Path Meditation and Spiritual
Enrichment Center in Lafayette, which provides weekly meditation sittings,
frequent retreats and book study for clients.
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