Ommmm….let’s sit on the floor, clear our minds and sit quietly for a bit.
Is that what you picture when you think about the word meditation? Until a few months ago, that is exactly what I thought. I also thought I wasn’t that earth loving, crunchy granola person to do something like that.
But, I’ve changed my mind. I started hearing about meditation in some of the podcasts I’d been listening to on living a happier, more intentional life. Then, my mom ran into a health issue and the Eastern medicine doctor she met with recommended she meditate twice a day, among other things.
Once it entered my consciousness, I started seeing and hearing all sorts of positive things about meditation including:
Creativity, Inc. even had a reference to meditation and how their CEO went on meditation retreats! It was everywhere and it all pointed to the same thing. It was unbelievably good for your health and well being (duh, right?). It might even make you more creative, happy, and productive.
So, I tried it. I can’t say I’ve made it a routine habit, but I have high hopes to continue to work at it to make it a more regular practice. How’s a regular person whose mind is NOT quiet at all supposed to make this happen? Here are my tips:
– First, you do not have to cross your legs and sit on the floor. You can do it anywhere and in any position where you are comfortable. It does need to be free of distractions like loud noises though.
– Second, you are not expected to make your mind a blank slate! I’m not sure WHO is able to do this, but that just isn’t normal. The exercise is to calm and quiet your mind. It is just that – an exercise. Each time you do it, it’s like flexing a muscle to bring your brain back from it’s frantic, scattered state.
– Third, if the thought of sitting quietly by yourself in silence terrifies you at first, do what I did and download a guided meditation to listen to while you do it. Google it or search meditation on iTunes. There are so many to choose from.