When it comes to meditation, I am a mere newbie. Over the past few years I’ve come back to meditation time and time again with no success until more recently. Before I really put some effort into it I thought meditation was a load of rubbish. I just couldn’t see how sitting quietly was going to make me feel better. But miraculously it has helped, a lot.
I’ve told very few people that I meditate but those I have told, have given me some erm varying responses, such as
“It doesn’t do anything, you know.”
“Didn’t have you down as a hippie.”
And from my Mum:
“I always think it’s nice that you try new things.”
Generally people aren’t as nice as my Mum was so it’s usually met with a negative response that makes me sound as though I’ve just told someone I can levitate. After some research on the internet, it seems that there are a lot of misconceptions about meditation, so here are a few things that no one tells you about it.
It’s not like the movies
Meditation doesn’t always look like a Buddhist monk sat on top of a mountain chanting Om. You can do it anyway you find comfortable. Personally, I just plonk myself down on my yoga mat, either sitting on lying, whatever I fancy and breathe. Make sure you’re wearing something comfortable, because the last thing you want when you’re meditating is to be thinking about how tight the waistband of your jeans is.
It doesn’t take up loads of time.
I try to meditate for 10 minutes a day. This fits into my schedule and it’s not too time-consuming. I like to practice meditation after a workout or yoga practice, because I can just tack ten minutes on to the end of it. You can do it for longer if you have the time or shorter, depending on how long you have.
It’s hard to start with…
I am someone who really struggles to quieten my mind. It’s always whirring with thoughts and worries and I’m always thinking about the next thing that needs doing. Meditation is really hard to start with, because bringing your mind back to the present when it starts wandering isn’t something we do on a daily basis.
But it gets easier
The more you meditate, the easier it gets. The worries subside and it becomes so much easier to just focus on your breathing and appreciate your surroundings.
Have you ever tried meditation? Let me know in the comments!