Meditation is not as big a mystery as you think it is.
Have you ever said something to yourself over and over again? Maybe under your breath or out loud? Maybe right before a big presentation and you’re telling yourself “I can do this. I can do this.”
Have you ever gone to someplace quiet or took a walk so you can sort out your thoughts? Or to escape your thoughts temporarily?
Have you ever used music to enhance your mood? Whether to cheer yourself up or as a way of expressing your feelings?
Have you ever taken deep breaths to calm yourself down when you’re upset or anxious?
Well, guess what? Those are all ways of meditating.
And there are countless of ways to do it. You might not realize that you’re already doing some form of it in your day-to-day life. We picked up these techniques from different people – maybe we saw it in a movie or read it in a book… Regardless, you have been unwittingly meditating to improve your life and get you through stressful times.
This is not to say that you couldn’t learn so much more about meditation. Only that it’s not as inaccessible as you think. You don’t need to be in an ashram, sitting on a cushion, surrounded by incense… It is a tool already found within yourself that you can use at any time.
And imagine this, if you are already benefitting from the little meditating that you are doing, how much more would you gain if you put more time towards practicing or studying meditation?
Need advice on getting started? Check out my post “Meditation: It’s here to cure what ails you.”
Photo via Flickr (Creative Commons) by Kevin Labianco.