By : Nikki Savage
Want to feel less anxious? Reduce your stress? Increase your focus? Improve your heart health and immunity? Yes?? Meditate! Want to find detoxify your mind of negative thought patterns? Clear your body of old emotions? Find your inner guru? Meditate! Want a million dollars and a brand new car? Meditation may not help you there but it could give you the space to create a plan to make it happen!
Working meditation into your daily routine is one of the best things you can do for yourself without spending a single penny. I could go on and on about the benefits of meditation and you can google it yourself to see it is all true too but I know how it goes. Finding the time to be still seems to go against everything this world demands of us.
We live in a time where most of us have to work full-time, probably doing some serious multi-tasking to stay on pace. Same goes for housework which, like job work, offers a fresh batch to do every day. Then there is your handy dandy phone/computer/camera that enables you to be on call to anyone in your contact list 24-7. And if you have kids, forget about it! Sitting still with absolutely nothing on your mind seems extremely counter-intuitive when you look at your overbooked schedule. But actually, if you don’t take the time to be still in your space, your intuitive self is probably in desperate need of calibration!
For those who haven’t tried it, I will say it can be difficult at first. But like any new thing, practice makes perfect. Start small, even 5 minutes works wonders. Then work your way up. Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. If there is no quiet in your home, grab a pair of headphones and listen to some white noise station. Get comfortable. You can sit on the floor, on a chair or lay down. Whatever works for your body. Set a timer so you can let time go. And then just let thoughts pass like clouds through your mind without weight or attachment until the timer goes off. Easy right?
I know it’s not that easy. I spent the first part of my meditative journey cussing myself out for not doing something to make my to-do list shorter with that precious time. And the more I tried to block it out, the louder my inner voices got. Until I was able to just allow them to chatter knowing I AM doing something. Something very important. I’m taking care of me. And slowly, they grew softer until I could hear the smallest, quietest voice speak within. The voice of my truth.
Sounds hippy dippy to some, I know. But seriously. When we can clear the chatter, we begin to hear what we need to hear most: ourselves. And it isn’t just “ourselves” but it is our unharassed, unrushed, unscattered, uncomplicated selves that speak in this space. It is our peaceful, loving selves that are so glad we checked in on them speaking to us there.
And I also know it takes all kinds to make a world. So while I crave silent spaces to sit still and listen, I know many others dread the quiet and can’t fathom the idea of sitting still on purpose! If you are one of those people, don’t despair! Can’t be still? There are walking meditations. Can’t be quiet? Try mantra meditations. Diehard multitasker? Make one of your daily monotonous tasks a meditation if you must. Just meditate! You are worth the time!
Stick with it for at least 3 weeks. That is how long many say it takes to make a habit. So at least give it that long before you write it off. And understand, you aren’t doing nothing. You are cleansing your mind. You are mastering the fine art of controlling your thoughts so your thoughts can no longer control you. Practice first by shushing that voice that says mediation isn’t for you!
Please feel free to share your mediation triumphs and trials with the community below. If we can all find a little more peace in this world, we all can share a little more peace with this world.
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