Saturday, August 31, 2013

a week of meditating


“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” 
 -Marcus Aurelius


I've always liked the idea of meditating.

I read books about it and thought about it but I never really committed.  It was scary, could I really think of nothing for 20 minutes?

Would I be like Julia Roberts in "Eat, Pray, Love" where she closes her eyes only to open them one minute later frustrated?

When I couldn't find my meditation book this week (that I swore I'd read through before I began again)... I decided to just say fuck it and do it already.  So I did.

It was easy and it was hard, the time past quickly and sometimes it seemed to lag on.  Some days I was great at returning to my breath and other days I'd realize I was majority daydreaming and I'd bring myself back.

The main thing was, I did it and I was gentle with myself.  Whenever I had a thought, I'd acknowledge it and then I'd let it go and focus again on my breathing.

Meditating is accepting yourself just as you, and being with yourself.

It's amazing what you start to realize about yourself, since you're aware of your thoughts and daydreams... you watch them go by and see what is truly on your mind and what you really want.

And I honestly think I've been more present and relaxed because of it.

If you've never meditated, here's a brief rundown:
Find a quiet spot.
Sit in a comfortable upright position with legs crossed (so you don't fall asleep).
Set a timer for 20 minutes (or less if you're a bit nervous, I did 10 minutes at the beginning).
Close your eyes and focus on your breath.
Try to clear your mind.
Be gentle with yourself though, you're going to have thoughts.
Don't get frustrated, acknowledge the thoughts, but don't judge them and gently return your focus to your breathing.

Here are a lot of health benefits to meditating if you're curious.

Consider this your prescription.  It's free and you've got nothing to lose.

I find the best time for me (since I've got a house full of boys) is right before bed.

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2 comments:

  1. Wow, you did 20 minutes?? I am so impressed. I think the longest I have ever meditated was 5 minutes. But I really do like the idea of it. I do guided meditation a few times a day but the meditation thing is more intimidating to me.

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  2. i need to try this. my mom's friend sits on her front porch a few times a day and meditates. she is one of the coolest people i've met.

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