So, how was your first real meditation session for the last couple of weeks?
Actually it was quite good. I followed the advice of setting the bar not to high and started off with low expectations.
Four minutes thirty-seven can be so long and boring. Unbelievable.
For today, I will do the next step. Instead of just sitting around and doing nothing, I will try to count from 1 to XX without losing my focus on the counting process. The moment I will lose my focus, I will restart from 1.
Mhh, sounds like it will stay at a one digit number, but anyway, the goal is just to do something.
Meditation doesn’t need to be like in the movies. There is no need for incense sticks, fancy Buddhist statues or flags. Just take some time for yourself. It doesn’t matter if you stay around, sit on a couch or lay in bed. Meditation starts in your head. It is your mindset, that is important. If you can work on this, the other pieces will fall into place automatically.
If you have a really boring meeting, or a long day at work, time feels like standing still. But actually, time is pretty much the same everywhere. So it is not that the time is running faster or slower, it is more how you feel about it. If time is running, you always have a great time, or a deadline coming up. Of course you know this effect, but do you really use it?
You can slow your days down, not by doing boring things. Don’t get me wrong with this, but rather by thinking about what you are actually doing. If I just stand here and write this blog, time is always running. So, what can I do to slow it down? Yes, I could write about boring things, but this doesn’t get me anywhere. Instead, I focus on the moment. Being in the “right now”. This is of course just what I feel, but actually it slows the process down. It lets me think about the present situation. So, why is this not considered a form of motivation? Of course it is a form of motivation. Not very effective to find your inner piece, but a beginning. A starting point.
Therefore, I will include more of these “moments” into my life. I will try to live life more consciously and think about my doing.
Waiting for a meeting to start, waiting in line in the canteen, or at a traffic light. Just use these moments to get into the now. Get into your brain and slow your world down. Stop for a moment and get your stuff together. The next heigh stress situation is already waiting at the corner.
See you next time!