Today I began my second “someday” – meditation. I knew this would be a hard activity for me. I’ve tried to develop a meditation practice a few times in the past, but haven’t followed through for more than a few days at a time. Yet I know regularly meditating will be good for me. Just Google “benefits of meditation” and you’ll see a plethora of articles touting meditation’s rewards. My problem, and I’m sure many people relate to this, is my mind runs as if the fast forward button has been pushed on the remote. I once had a friend comment she’d love to see the action inside my brain. She imagined my thoughts as a ball inside a pinball machine – ping here, ping there, lights flash, noises go off. Yes, I know I need to learn to quiet my mind and let that quiet ripple throughout my body. So, on to my second “someday”.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, in preparation for this month I’ve been listening to Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation. The instructor suggests a meditation practice of 20 to 45 minutes per day. I heard that and just about crumbled. 20 to 45 minutes per day!!?? Luckily I didn’t hit the off button immediately because he went on to say even five minutes per day was adequate to start, especially if the shorter time contributed to making the practice a consistent routine. Okay; I figured I could handle five minutes. He also suggests figuring out the best time to meditate to facilitate making it a daily practice. I know I write best when I write in the morning. I also know the only way I’ve ever maintained an exercise program is to workout in the morning. So, it wasn’t hard to decide my meditation practice needs to take place first thing in the morning. Since the instructor also suggests wearing comfy clothes to meditate, I figured I’d hop out of bed, make a pit stop, and head right into my meditation practice.
Part 2 tomorrow: Place and Time