The Meditation Factor

When I talk about meditation, I always hear the same thing: “Oh that’s cool that it works for you but I know my personality, it wouldn’t do anything for me” or “I just can’t sit still for that long!”

What a silly excuse. First of all, meditation isn’t a personality thing. Anyone can do it, and anyone would benefit from it.

It does a lot for me. It never fails to clear my mind, and it allows me to forget my stress for as long as I want to. 

As for the not being able to sit still, that’s a learned trait. I understand it may be daunting to have to ‘not think about anything and become one with nature or God or whatever’, but that isn’t what it has to be like. I started with five minute meditations, and increased the length as I practiced. It’s just like any other skill, like juggling, driving, or golf, you’ll get better with time.

And it can mean anything you want it to. It can be religious, or not. It can be spiritual, or not. You can have a goal, or not. If not having direction makes it more insurmountable for you, then focus on this:

Be present.

Over the summer I read “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

It was alright. To be honest it was repetitive and kinda preachy, but the message was clear. There is no such thing as the past or future, only the present. Now, obviously, as concepts we all know these things exist, but it isn’t productive to obsess over them. The only one that you control is the present.

This is a key for meditation. Here’s my meditation ritual:

Pick a time and place that you know no one will bother you.

Put your phone on do not disturb. If using a guided meditation, set it up.

Light some candles.

Sit or lie down.

Breath and begin.

Here are some resources:

MEDITATION 101: Techniques, Benefits, and a Beginner’s How-To

how-to-meditate.org

zenhabits.net – Mindfulness blog

Insight Timer – My favorite meditation app

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