I'm known to suggest meditation for an array of problems, from health problems, to psychological ones, to any little imbalance. Personally, I've found that meditating regularly gives me greater energy, balance, makes me healthier and happier.
Yet nearly every time I suggest meditation, I get a 'I can't do it' or 'I don't know how' or 'I can't sit still that long'.
I get it. I've been there. Until not so long ago, that was the response I would have given. I can't make my mind go blank. I can't just lie there and think of nothing... And it seemed like anyone who would give advice about how to meditate would go into this twilight zone where they talk of stillness and balance and focus and unity. What's all that crap?
Now after having meditated for a couple of years, I get it. And it's pretty hard to explain without including some new age speak, but I'll try.
There are many ways to meditate. There's guided meditation, some people like to use a visual focus point, for others it just 'works' when they get the right kind of music. You can do visualisation or body scan or... there really is a way of meditating for everyone.
So what is it really? (And here I go with the new age speak) Meditation brings you stillness of mind, it declutters the mental chatter and brings you focus.
It's not the goal to go completely blank, though maybe after some training, you may achieve a blissful stillness (I haven't yet, but that doesn't mean it's not working).
Meditation comes down to focus. It can be done sitting crosslegged on some handwoven mat, or lying on your bed, but you can also do it walking, or doing dishes, or hanging up the laundry. It comes down to focussing on one thing, be it the dishes or some visualisation.
Don't fear thoughts that may pop up, just let them come and go as swiftly as they came in. Bring your focus back and let go of the thoughts.
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