Over the past two decades, I've had my fair share of bouts with various forms of meditation, and I have loved them all. Don't get me wrong, it hasn't been without discomfort. From numb legs, feet and arms to back pain and weird "meditation headaches", I've felt it. Also anxiety, restlessness, annoyance and resistance. However, it has always been the quiet teacher whispering for my attention on a fairly regular basis.
There are a number of book being released on the topic of other people's success. How did they become successful? How do they maintain success? What do they do regularly, daily, that fuels their success? Many, many of these successful people interviewed all have something in common: meditation. Vipassana, Buddhist, Taoist, guided, breath based (really, it all is), yogic, seated, horizontal, what have you. They meditate. Regularly. With discipline. So, you may be gathering by now I am trying to share something with you.
"It doesn't work for me"
"I don't enjoy it"
"My mind never shuts down"
"I hate sitting still"
"I'm a do-er, being quiet gives me anxiety"
All these excuses have something funny in common- they are all REASONS...to MEDITATE!
Right now I am signing back up for meditation. 30 minutes for 30 days. Rinse and repeat.
I do this literally first thing. Before my precious tea. I wake up, use the bathroom, let the dog out. While he's doing his perimeter check I drink a glass of water and do a little stretching. Let the dog back in and head to my home treatment room. It's kinda messy right now, and small. And cold in the mornings because it's winter and it's getting down to 28degrees over night. In other words, it's not sexy. I grab a blanket, the one you see in the image above. And the cat is only mandatory when he decides he is.
I sit. I shift around for 1-5 minutes, deciding if I REALLY have to blow my nose, or shift my hair, or re-do my leg position. I scootch my pillow around and debate my bodies symmetry. (BTW, I've already set my timer-for 32 minutes) Then, I hear my breathing. In, out. Inhale, exhale. I think thoughts. I hear my breath. I think thoughts. I hear my breath. I think thoughts. I hear my breath. I hear my breath, I hear my breath....
You meditating is you teaching you what you already know, but need to remember.
Only you can do this for you.