I think we should talk about meditation today. I think to say that meditation changed my life is a massive understatement. It makes every single situation better if it’s gone bad. It lifts up even the best of moods. It grounds me when I’m drifting. It channels positivity for me when I can’t do it myself. It relaxes me, calms me, and helps me to sleep. I mean, why everyone doesn’t do this is beyond me. If you let it, it can be a total game changer. Imagine, having a problem solver other than yourself. That’s what meditation is for me.
I was terrible at it at first…. according to the often heard, “I can’t clear my mind,” complaint that one then deems oneself terrible at it. Yeah, I had that. For certain. But was also guaranteed that if I practiced, like anything that you’re learning new, I would become better at it. I knew this was something that spoke to me, and quite frankly, I needed it to work, so I kept after it. It really took such little time to get better and even master it. Master it for me (what is considered mastered will look different for everyone). What’s also important to know is that your practice will change over time, is ever pliable, and will form to you like a good memory foam pillow.
Meditation is so often correlated with religion, but doesn’t have to be. I do know that many religions incorporate meditation and its roots are religious, but spirituality is a very personal thing in my opinion and, for me, meditation is spiritual. Not religious. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t incorporate your faith into meditation, absolutely do, I just don’t want anyone to be steered away from meditation because they deem it religious. It is whatever you want it to be. Hopefully helpful, calming, introspective, meaningful.
I think when you begin to meditate and incorporate it into your daily life you will be shocked at how it can change your perspective on situations, never mind your reaction to things, and an overall sense of peacefulness. It is simply a game changer if you’re willing to try.
One of the things I love is all of the different ways one can meditate. My personal favorite is doing a guided meditation before I fall asleep at night. Those usually come from YouTube and are generally on something calming. Another one of my favorites is meditation with intention. Sitting, alert, aware, and choosing prosperity, integrity, sobriety, gratitude, or the like to meditate on. Then there’s the walking meditation. I generally incorporate that with a repetitive chant. The driving meditation is GREAT for putting in a cd, listening to something calming, glancing at the clouds, soaking up the sun, channeling peace. And finally the sneak away meditation. This is often necessary before a speech or presentation, when someone is driving you bat shit crazy, before a big event, just stealing five minutes to breathe. It matters. It changes things.
Of all of the things that I have chosen to continue improving myself, meditation is the one constant as well as the most beneficial. I can read, and talk, and pray and it’s helpful, I love it actually, but meditation causes me to feel so incredibly different. Helped. Healed. Productive. Changed. That’s big.
Don’t give up. Try it. If it doesn’t fit at first, keep trying. It’s worth it.