*nepal, christmas 2011
[crosspost from Purpose Fairy blog December 27, 2013]
Several of my clients get stuck during their meditation practice and often give up because they have some sort of misconstrued notion of what meditation actually is. Perhaps it’s all the photos of people meditating looking so peaceful that throw them off. They themselves don’t feel very peaceful, so they must be doing it all wrong, right? Little do they know that what they’re feeling/thinking is very normal. Here is a quick and dirty guide to either get you started or recharge your less-broken-than-you-think meditation practice.
1. You do not actually silence your thoughts. You simply, or for some…not so simply, learn to watch them go by without attaching emotion to the thoughts. One of my meditation instructors described it as watching traffic without deciphering between the cars. When you realize you’ve gotten distracted by a certain thought, you simply come back to the breath and start again. No judgment.
2. You do not need to sit on a cushion with incense burning chanting mantras all night long. Meditation doesn’t have to be all that formal or all that woowoo, actually. In fact, there is no one right way to meditate. Some people like to listen to music, whereas some practices teach you to focus on the breath. The best thing to do is to shop around and find what suits you best. There are free apps (I love Omvana), Pandora stations (Heart Meditations Radio), YouTube videos and many many more resources that will help along the way.
[Please read the rest of the article over on Purpose Fairy – Remember sharing is caring and caring is good karma;)]
I leave you with this: If you do not yet have a meditation practice, begin today. Make this a non-negotiable for 2014. Keeping in mind all these five important points: it doesn’t have to be fancy, it doesn’t have to be long, you don’t have to belong to any religion, you don’t have to do it “the right way” mostly because there is no right way, and you don’t have to perfect your very first try, or even the 1,714th try…it’s a practice.
If you DO already have a practice, try a few new methods to switch things up and get the creativity flowing. If you listen to music, try just listening to your breath; if you’re a breath person, try starting with a mantra. Lately, I like asking the question: How can I serve? I say it maybe five or six times as I settle into my seat: How can I serve? And then I get quiet and wait for the answers.
#Onward and inward
Ps. Purpose Fairy was on my vision board. She has been on my radar for a guest blog post for a while now. Next up, TDL, Finerminds, and Huffpo GPS for the Soul;)