I think the word “meditation” gets mixed reviews – from sounding like a bigger deal than it really is, to some “crunchy” “new ” thing people do, to being reserved for Buddhists and Hindu’s. Trust me, I used to think the same thing.
So what is it? There are a million articles, books, blogs, apps out there.
Merriam-Webster defines it as:
noun med·i·ta·tion \ˌme-də-ˈtā-shən\
Simple Definition of meditation
: the act or process of spending time in quiet thought : the act or process of meditating
: an expression of a person’s thoughts on something
To simply put it, meditation is all about spending time with yourself and being in the present moment and unplugging. It’s about spending a few minutes away from technology and our ever looming list of things to do. Being in the present moment means being aware. Aware of your body, the way it feels at that very moment.
When you meditate sometimes your mind will be really busy, other times like a lake. We close our eyes in meditation, because it’s easier to look inward when they are closed. We’re less likely to get distracted. Things will come up when you meditate – say hello to it. Think of those things as an old friend. That old friend can be, anxiety or that familiar story from the day before that stresses you out.
Meditation is about noticing what happens to your body, when your old friend anxiety shows up or that story is told. Often times, we’re so busy we don’t allow ourselves to have 20 minutes of stillness. We’re so busy, the feelings associated with anxiety and stress go unnoticed until we’re sick or just so taxed we have to stop. As we start to notice the old friend anxiety or the familiar story and say hello to them, they become less painful and less of a burden. Whatever story may come up, I now look at it as a story, it makes it easier to be in my own skin.
The whole point of meditation is to connect with yourself in a non-striving, non-judge mental way.
Why is meditation hard for you? What have you started to notice as you meditate?