The thought of sitting cross legged for half an hour doing absolutely nothing curls my toes. Who has that kind of patience much less that kind of time to waste?
Entire books are devoted to this subject each one loaded with instructions on to how to do it. The odd bohemian lady at the candle store keeps mumbling about the need for everyone to meditate too. Most of it sounds fine and dandy if you just happen to be a tibetan monk. For the rest of us regular people it just doesn’t work out so well. Finding time and figuring out which way you should go with is ridiculous. When I actually started to think about how weighed down with stress I was my veiwpoint on the word “meditate” began shift. Something had to give. I stopped reading so much on the subject and just started listening to what helps put me in a better frame of mind. I started listening to myself and I what needed. Thats when I started looking around noticing how many different ways you can find to realistically meditate.
How many times do you find yourself going to take a 10 minute break in the workplace bathroom just to get away from that annoying coworker?
Setting the alarm clock to get up earlier than anyone else in the house and just having a cup of coffee?
All you really want is peace and quiet. This is real people every day meditation. The big difference I notice is in doing your own form of meditation mindfully and daily. Being fully aware of what you want to accomplish is what really makes it count. Meditation doesn’t need to fancy with candles and incense unless thats what works for you.
I find painting to be my best form of meditation. I find that I am able to let go and just allow time to pass with no thought, just pure flow. I also sit and relax on the curb outside at work on my 10 minute morning break. Ocasionally I do sit with lit candles and intention to work through issues I might be having.
The best thing about realizing how you meditate and what truly works for you are the benefits:
- Higher concentration
- Decreased stress levels
- Better sleep
- Increased sex drive
These are just a few and they sound pretty awesome. Decreased stress equals less people you want to punch and sleeping better leads to a higher sex drive and who doesn’t like the thought of that benefit.
Why the hell would you meditate?
Chances are you’re already doing it in one form or another.