If you’ve been following my blog posts over the years, you’ll notice that I bring up meditation as a form of healing…a lot. I’ve provided snippets of information here and there; little gems to remember when creating a meditation practice. I’ve talked about breathing as an essential tool to ground and be still. I’ve even given auxiliary information on how to enhance your practice with tools such as essential oils or flower essences. So, now, the big questions to address include: what exactly IS meditation? Is the mind supposed to be completely still? What if I don’t have an hour each day to spare for this practice…?
I’m here to guide you, calm your concerns, and let you know that if you are setting aside any time to practice stillness, you are doing it correctly. A meditation practice is not about a destination, it’s about what we do with the sensations that arise. It’s about connecting with a part of ourselves that tends to get ignored in our active life. It’s about seeking glimpses of clarity by allowing our thoughts and emotions (both positive and negative) to surface and see the light so we can work through and transform them, rather than ignore, repress, and repeat the cycle of emotions.
Meditation is a personal journey and there are so many different ways to practice. Key word:practice. Meditation is a practice in focusing our attention and being aware when it drifts. When practiced regularly, this will help our focus even when we are not in a meditative state. Five to ten minutes per day is all you need. If you have more time? That’s wonderful, too.
Meditation is not about being right or wrong. It’s about being. We know that the only thing constant is change, so you will notice that thoughts, moods, and attitudes will change as you implement a consistent practice of stillness. Some days it will be easier to quiet the mind, other days you might notice a plethora of thoughts arising- one after another. It is all part of the process of looking inward.
My experience will never be the same as your experience. Your experience will never be the same as any one else’s experience. The point I’m trying to make is, it’s worth a try. It’s worth connecting deeper with the inner workings of your mind and body for all the benefits that lead to a more balanced life. You do not need an hour per day and you do not need a special outfit, spirituality, or teacher. These tools help guide people in their daily practice, if they work for you, amazing! Keeping an open mind to discover what works for you is part of the journey.
So a suggestion on where to start? If you love apps, a great one to check out is Headspace. This is meditation geared towards busy people like you and me. Former Buddhist monk, Andy Piddicombe, guides you through 10 minutes of simple meditation every day. You don’t have to do anything other than sit down, turn on the app, and let Andy’s soothing voice explain how to approach meditation. Another suggestion: Deepak Chopra has 21-day meditation series which I’ve also found supportive with a busy schedule. As always, feel free to connect with me for more recommendations. Above all else, I hope you can now relax and know you are exactly where you need to be, and when you consciously choose to be, you’re deciding to continue on your journey to cultivate the best version of yourself.