Meditation has been a strange journey for me. I always had a sense it was good for me, but also resisted doing it for so long.
That doesn’t really seem to make sense. Perhaps, for me the resistance was fear based. I worried too much if I was doing it right. Whenever I gave it a small try, I always felt I was doing it wrong.
Slowly, over time I allowed myself to let go. I allowed myself to try meditation with less judgement. I won’t pretend that it was easy. Meditation is a practice. Like with anything, the more you practice the more little successes you will have.
I continue my meditation practice. Some days are easy, some days are more challenging. Yet, I keep showing up. One reason that I continue is I have found a meditation practice to benefit my life. Below are some benefits I have experienced.
-Learning to experience and enjoy the moment (and isn’t that what life is? just a whole bunch of moments)
-More focus and discipline
-Greater feelings of calm
-Accessing imagination and creativity
-Being able to look at challenging situations with patience and compassion
-Deeper breathing into the body
I often encourage people new to meditation start with just 1 minute. That is how I started. I would also encourage you to try to set aside a block of time, perhaps 2 weeks or 1 month. In this time, play with this a practice, see where it might take you, and what benefits you might enjoy.