Meditation. Think About It.
DO YOU HAVE A REGULAR MEDITATION PRACTICE? IF YOU DON’T WHY NOT? IF IT IS BECAUSE YOU THINK IT’S HARD OR THAT YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME, HEAR ME OUT FOR A MINUTE.
First, let’s address not having enough time. You DO have enough time. Think a moment about how much time you spend scrolling Instagram, binging on Netflix or liking posts on Facebook. I’m pretty sure if you even do any of those things even just sometimes, that you can carve out 30 minutes a day for meditation
Instead of doing any of the above activities right before bed, choose to meditate instead for even just 15 minutes before you do to sleep can improve your sleep and your stress drastically.
Now, let’s talk about meditation being hard. There are many different types of meditation, some being designed for monks in monasteries who sit on the cushion for hours in silence. And some for everyday people like you and me.
Another thing that people tend to get mislead on with meditation is that you must clear your mind from all thought, but that is just not true or really possible for most of us.
Our brains are designed to think. It’s what we do all day long. You can’t just snap your fingers and stop thinking. And that is not actually what meditation is all about.
Meditation is about being aware of thoughts, feelings, sensations and really just sitting WITH them. You’re not trying to push anything away, you’re just experiencing what is going on in your body and your mind and being present with it.
Thinking is Normal
So if as soon as you sit down on the cushion your brain immediately goes to what items to add to the grocery list, or what socks you’re going to wear tomorrow then you’re not really in the present moment, you’re in the future.
Or if you’re thinking about something you wish you didn’t say yesterday, or that you missed that sale at Macy’s two days ago, then you are in your past.
The idea of meditation is to sit with the present moment. Those thoughts will happen regardless, so just acknowledge them and then come back to your breath or the feeling of sitting.
The idea is to release stress and anxiety, but I feel a lot of people have stress and anxiety around meditating and trying to “do it right”. But there is no right way. “Do or do not, there is no try” - Yoda.
If you’re interested in starting a meditation practice I highly recommend checking out the 10% Happier app. It’s a collection of guided meditations from the best in the field so you can explore and choose whoever’s style you like best.