… because some questions cannot be answered by Google.
Why do a lot of people say they can’t meditate? Why do people struggle to maintain a meditation practice? Why do some people even seem to have a ‘phobia’ about it?
We know it is good for us and yet there are these barriers we put up. Mostly they are our minds tricking us into thinking it’s not for us: my mind wanders, I fall or asleep, or probably the number one 1 reason: “I don’t have time“.
Twaddle. You think you don’t have time, therefore you don’t. Your mind has consuaded* you that you are too busy. The Big B. had a few things to say about that.
(*consuaded – conflation of convinced and persuaded emphasis on “con“)
We know meditation is good for us for all manner of mental, physical and emotional health reasons so why the reluctance?
MYTH: meditation requires intense concentration and discipline.
Codswallop. The idea behind meditation is to just be. In other words be with yourself in the moment, and rest there for a time. The idea is not to do anything, or achieve anything which is in contrast to our usual frenzied lives.
MYTH: meditation requires special techniques which must be adhered to lest [insert personal preference for dire outcome of expectations unmet]
Yeah. Nah. Meditation can be practised while out for a walk, washing the dishes, in the shower or seated in a position named after the blooms of exotic foliage. Personally I like the Wollemi Pine position: i.e standing quietly, undiscovered in a lost valley, facing the wrong way which is of course the correct way. Alas I do not have ready access to an undiscovered valley most of the time, so I make do with what I have. A quiet house, park bench or a long walk.
There is no expectation except to be. If for you that means that thoughts come, that’s fine, acknowledge them, and move on. It is not easy for us all to be as thoughtless as it is for some.
The following is a 5 minute mediation that can be done multiple times a day, but should be done once.
- Phone(s) off. Get alone.
- Set a timer for 5 minutes: so you know how long you’ve had and how quick time flys when you just be.
- Sit or lie in comfort.
- place your hands comfortably just below your navel or as close as you can.
- Deep breathe as you close your eyes.
- Be aware of your breathing and the rise and fall of you hands as you breathe.
- Keep your awareness trained on you breath and hands while breathing naturally.
- Should thoughts intrude, that is ok, just go back to being aware of your breath and hands.
- Do this until your timer goes off.
- Gently open your eyes and resume your normal routine.
Simple, eh? Sparing 5 minutes each day for this simple practice will support your growth and wellbeing
May you participate in the joy of just being soon. Every day.