The more you do it, the better you get, right?
That’s the magical formula in every walk of life. But why is it so particularly hard to stay put on a regular meditation practice?
After the last five years, I can basically say that I have tried everything. From morning sessions, over midday journalings, to late night counting activities. Sober or drunk, in the spirit or not, with music or without it. Sitting on a cushion, the floor, gras or stone. Laying in bed, or comfortable on a couch. Being in nature, in the dark, or in the light. But the perfect meditation practice has still not entered my life.
Seeking for “the perfect meditation practice“, this man is on a mission. I mean, I do not have the license to kill from the queen, nor do I got a fancy Aston Martin DB10, or a pencil that can shoot with poisonous arrows, yet, but my motivation is already very much on the 007 status.
I do not fear any expenses, when it comes to this topic, because this is currently the thing in my life, where I could benefit from the most. This is the subject area, where I am still way behind schedule. After five years of intense practice sessions and all the time I invested, this can not possible be the end result. I will not accept that!
So, how will we proceed?
This time I want to work with a new tool, I am currently visiting a lecture about. It is called TRIZ and is an attempt to make an otherwise very creative and free thinking process of problem solving kind of systematic in such a way, that inventions will be produced no matter what.
The first thing you need to do for that is to define what you want.
What do I want?
I want to have a meditation practice that is short, effective and doesn’t require a special place or equipment.
What do I don’t want?
I don’t want to waste my time with something I will just hate to do on a regular basis. I don’t want to sit around without feeling better afterwards. I don’t want to have the need to get into the mood beforehand, warm myself up, or something like this. I don’t want to get disturbed, or having anything else on my mind, that prevents me from letting go.
Ok, next in line, you formulate the perfect solution.
The perfect solution looks like that:
I can do it when ever and where ever I want to do it. I take a seat wherever I am and set the timer to 5 minutes. I close my eyes or keep them open, just as I want to and be immediately in the flow state. I can switch off completely, calm myself down, and forget the world around me. After the time is up, I feel fresh and energetic, and can tackle what ever comes my way.
So, that is how I want it to be. But what do I need to change with my current meditation practice to get there?
- First of all I need to reduce the amount of time that is necessary for the meditation practice. Currently, it consumes way too much of my time, which in the end leads to a situation, where I really want to do it, but don’t feel like having 20 to 30 minutes left.
- I need to start doing it every single day, instead of the doing it here and there when ever it suits my schedule. It would be even better to do it multiple times a day.
- I need to find a way, how to get into the right state of mind in under 5 minutes to actually have a better effect.
- I need to practice the letting go of thoughts.
- I need to find a technique that is working for me, like the counting method, or a short kind of Nürburgring meditation session.
- I need to focus on my breathing, even implement that into my normal schedule when watching a movie, or sitting in a lecture.
Ok, so there we have the first points we need to tackle. I need to do short sessions multiple times a day, with less preparation. I just need to do it, somehow and reflect on it afterwards to find the perfect format for that. And last but not least, I need to focus on my breathing. Maybe considering starting with HRV training.
Let’s see how this will work. To be continued…
See you next time!