Meditation is a huge part of my stress management, focus and concentration, creative, and personal and spiritual development practices.
I practice meditation twice a day every day; once in the morning shortly after I wake up and once in the afternoon around 4:30.
Sometimes when I mention to someone that I meditate, they say something like, “Oh I can’t meditate! Quieting my mind is just impossible.”
For those people, let me clear up a widely held misconception about meditation.
The practice of meditation does not require that you sit down cross-legged and all of a sudden your mind is still and absent of all thought.
That would be an insanely unrealistic expectation for a novice or maybe even an intermediate practitioner.
Meditation for most is the PRACTICE of quieting the mind, not the quieting of the mind itself, which is an outcome likely to take many years of consistent practice to achieve.
Don’t exclude yourself from benefiting this powerful practice by default, by some nonsense your mind feeds you.
You sit (or lie down as long as you can stay awake).
You practice watching and experiencing your breath.
You practice noticing your thoughts as they show up.
You practice letting those thoughts go and eventually…
You enjoy moments of complete thoughtlessness where you’ll find complete peace.
To learn to meditate I used Beryl Bender Birch’s Meditations for Everyday Mindfulness audio. Beryl and I serve together at The Give Back Yoga Foundation and she is one of my yoga teachers.
As an alternative or compliment to Beryl’s program, check out Amy Applebaum’s meditations. Amy is a friend of mine, a powerful coach and mentor, and hypnotherapist.
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