An Introduction to Meditation:
Why do we meditate? We meditate to find a deeper connection within ourselves. In today’s society, especially western society we are constantly stimulated, engaged and pumped full of information and distractions. How many people do you know (including yourself) grab their phone first thing when they wake up to scroll social media, check their email, calls, and messages from just a few hours of being “disconnected” at night. Heck, some people can’t even disconnect for a full 8 hours. I know plenty of people who check their phone in the middle of the night. When is the last time you didn’t have your phone with you and respond almost instantaneously to calls and messages? It’s rare to find someone with such a disconnect.
In today’s world, we have television, social media, news, books, music, a constant stream of people and interactions surrounding us ALL DAY LONG. When is the last time you sat in silence without any agenda or expectations?
Meditation is the silencing of the mind and connecting with your best self, your highest self.
It can be an intimidating force to reckon with. Many people avoid stillness or quiet and alone time for fear of what might come up, for it’s within this stillness that you connect. You unplug to reconnect to your power source.
Think about your smartphone. Sometimes a phone starts to “glitch.” You don’t exactly know what’s wrong with it but it’s certainly not the best, high functioning version of itself. Something has malfunctioned and it needs a little love. What do you do to get it back to normal? You do a hard reset, you shut the phone off completely, give it a break, and restart it again. Ninety-nine percent of the time the glitch has been solved just by doing that one simple task.
How often do we give ourselves a hard reset?
In the United States, a typical employee gets two weeks paid vacation time. Most of which the employee is still connected with access to calls, texts, emails and most of all social media.
So why meditate? Give yourself the beautiful gift of five uninterrupted minutes of silence to really let your mind, body, and soul connect to one another in the present moment; without thoughts of the past, of conversations you should have had, of future anxieties you aren’t even sure about. Just five minutes of connection and true listening can change your day around.
I say five minutes because I believe this is attainable for anyone, no matter how busy or important you are. Most people think meditation means sitting on a colorful pillow with gongs and chanting for hours at a time. Trust me, meditation is achievable to anyone no matter how old or physically fit. As long as you have a brain, you have the ability to meditate.
Five minutes can be a challenge, not only for beginners but even for experienced meditators.
Commit to this amount of time of stillness and listening each day for a week. Make it a habit, make it a routine that is achievable and makes you feel successful, don’t bite off more than you can chew. When you’re ready, you can begin to incorporate more, as needed. I’ve been meditating consistently for two years now. Sure I have my days where it’s a challenge and some days I don’t even want to do it. Even after a couple of years of meditation I still choose to commit ten minutes each day to meditate. It’s realistic for my lifestyle. It’s something that I can achieve each and every day. One hour isn’t something that I always make time for and I found it just doesn’t work for me. Consistency is key. I won’t even begin to explain the numerous benefits that I’ve found through incorporating a meditation practice into my life. I’ll let you see for yourself.
Go on, step outside your comfort zone try something weird, silly, and uncomfortable. I bet it will change your life too.