People have all different reasons to start meditating.
I started because I wanted to make some big changes in my life (like finishing and publishing You’re the Boat) but I just couldn’t figure out how it was all going to happen. I needed to transform my way of thinking. So I took a 3 week meditation course by Eric Klein. We started with a daily 7 minute meditation and eventually worked our way up to 22 minutes. I’ve stuck to a daily 20 minute practice ever since, although now I use different sounds like this one…
The adjustments I needed to make started to become more clear, but not during the meditation. That’s the thing! The changes didn’t become obvious until after I was “off the cushion”. Learning to meditate gave me a way to focus on the “doing” instead of the “thinking” about doing. For instance, as I was writing, I would literally say to myself “Don’t think, just write. Don’t think, just write.” Instead of worrying about what to write, I would focus on creating the space for the words to appear, and with time and consistent practice, the book came together. Also, I needed to stop volunteering in order to focus more time on becoming a writer and speaker. Although it was tough at first, by listening to my heart, after 8 years I let go of my responsibilities with the DDA and allowed myself the opportunity to grow.
“At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I’ve made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.” Ringo Starr
Instead of completely freaking out about the massive shifts I was taking (writing, publishing and promoting the book and extricating myself from volunteering), thanks to my daily meditation practice, I was better able to separate myself from the fear and feel more calm. I became more mindful throughout my entire day which has helped improve the overall quality of my life.
So, what do you think, my friendly blog reader?
Have you ever considered meditating? What’s stopping you? What’s the most challenging part? If you do meditate, what benefits have you seen?
I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.