“The thing about meditation is: You become more and more you.”
~ David Lynch
Meditation is one of those things that is simple in theory, but can be difficult for some of us.
Why is it so difficult?
In retrospect, it is just sitting in place with your eyes closed.
But for some of us, that is something we are not used to!
We as a society have gotten better at running around and constantly stimulating our senses, that we don’t know how to just do..nothing
Meditation can be an extremely mindful and self explorative practice.
But it can also just be the practice of slowing down.
For those of you who try to meditate but can’t seem to get what everyone is talking about, here are some tips to hopefully help you achieve that mediative state:
1. Remember to enjoy your meditation.
Don’t think of meditation as something that you have to do.
Something that you are doing “right”, or “wrong”.
Of course meditation is not going to be enjoyable if you are constantly worrying about how you look, if you are doing it right, etc.
Look forward to your meditation as a time of rest.
A time for yourself, to sit in stillness, breathe deeply, and just be.
2. Don’t worry about your thoughts.
Meditation is not about stopping your thoughts.
Don’t get down on yourself if you sit down to meditate, and your mind isn’t going “empty”.
Meditation is about OBSERVING your thoughts.
It can be about giving your thoughts your full attention.
Ever hear of people saying they “meditate” on their problems?
They do this so they can give their thoughts their full attention in a calm setting.
So don’t worry if you are trying to meditate and your mind still keeps on going.
It doesn’t mean you are doing it “wrong”.
If you’re the type of person whose mind needs to think, you can also try switching your thoughts to something else while you meditate!
Think of yourself on a warm and sunny beach, or amongst the redwoods, or in a luxurious spa.
Whatever relaxes you.
3. Devote time to your meditation.
To truly reap the benefits of meditation, it can’t be something you do just once a month.
Make it a habit to meditate.
Pick 5-10 minutes a day that are dedicated to you.
Figure out what time of day works best for you: morning, lunch break, before bed.
While some may like a more routine meditation habit where they do it at the same time, same place every day..
Others may enjoy to switch it up a bit.
Try different hours of the day, different locations, different poses.
You can meditate sitting up on a pillow cross legged, laying down, pressed up against a wall with your legs in the air, whatever pose best relaxes you.
Look forward to your 5-10 minutes of alone time.
Don’t see it as something you have to do, but rather as something you can’t wait to do.
4. Make it your own.
There are so many different kinds of meditation.
Find the one that best suits your needs.
Search the internet for all the different kinds and see which ones interest you.
Then tweak them to be what you know will most benefit you.
Your practice is just that, it’s yours.
While we can be inspired by other practices, and let them guide us, at the end of the day, your practice is yours.
You can choose to push yourself, stay where you are, or give it up all together.
Hopefully you won’t do the latter!
Meditation doesn’t have to be intimidating.
It can be whatever you choose it to be.
As long as you are taking the time to sit or lay in stillness with you and your thoughts, you are on your way to being the zenest yogi around.
“”Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.”
~ St. Francis de Sales