Updated: Jan 16
What is all this “new-age” hubbub about Meditation? Meditation is difficult to explain or put into definition. The best one I found is this:
"Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment."
The great thing is that meditation is easy and simple to do... in theory. The problem is that pesky voice in your head says: you don’t have time for this because you should be checking email, taking the garbage out; or maybe you are rehashing an argument you had with a co-worker or spouse.
Like most people, I found meditation a bit difficult the first few times I tried it. That voice in your head has all kinds of things it wants you to think about. The point is to not allow that voice to control your life. I now crave my mediation time and feel wonderful through, during and after... usually. That voice can be very loud sometimes and no matter how much you try, you just can’t quiet it. But that’s ok, you can meditate again anytime you wish.
Meditation doesn’t have to be sitting in a room, on a fluffy pillow, with your legs crossed. There are no rules to this. It’s about calming the mind, creating awareness and being fully present in that moment. Not thinking about work you have to do later or about how a coworker annoyed you earlier in the day. You can meditate while walking your dog, during yoga, sitting in your chair at work, sitting in the backyard as you're watching your kids play. Being mindful and present in a moment can happen anywhere.
The big key to starting meditation is to just start it. Try it for 5 minutes. You’ll be amazed how fast the time will go. Then try for 10 minutes. Are you able to quiet your mind for 10 minutes? It’s tough but so worth the result. There are quite a few apps out there that will help give guided meditations. Start with the free version and see how it goes.