How often do you take time to just be silent? Have you tried that whole meditating thing but your brain just won’t shut off?
Listen, I know what you mean. For years I so badly wanted to be able to meditate, but I just felt like I wasn’t any good at it.
I would sit down and intend to commit to ten minutes. I thought “This is going to be great! I’m going to relax and find the serenity that everyone talks about!”
Less than thirty seconds later I’m thinking about the very thing I wanted to avoid! Then a car drives by, the phone vibrates, the position I’m in gets uncomfortable and I just want to scream “Aargh!”
Sound familiar? Not very relaxing, is it?
Luckily for me, I didn’t completely give it up. It wasn’t until I let go of the expectations of what it had to feel like that I actually started to enjoy it.
You see, it isn’t about meditating properly and not screwing it up. It is about being conscious and in the moment. Bringing stillness to your body, awareness to your breathing, and allowing your thoughts to float on by.
Today, we are constantly pulled in a million directions, overstimulated, and on the go.
I invite you to take just five minutes for yourself. You can do this from anywhere: your bed, the couch, your office, or even your car before driving home.
Here are the steps I recommend and remember whatever it looks like for you is perfect.
Set a timer for five minutes. If five is too long, start with one minute.
- Find a quiet spot.
- Make sure you are comfortable.
- Relax your shoulders, arms, legs.
- Focus on your breath going in and out.
- You WILL have thoughts—don’t fight them, just observe them.
- Let the thoughts pass and continue to focus on your breath.
- Be patient and loving to yourself. You can’t do this wrong!
With all the craziness going on in our lives it is so important to take just a few moments to come back to our center.
Have a wonderful week ahead!
P.S. I would love to hear about your experience after you try this. Let me know in the comment section below.