How’s the Meditation Going, You Ask?

The day after my last post on this topic, I sat for 10 minutes as planned.  The next day I had an early morning work meeting and lost traction.  Then it was the weekend and I forgot.  Then I remembered and decided I should wait until I read this book that was recommended to me “Wherever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn .

I downloaded the book to my Kindle and read it on the plane to and from my Thanksgiving holiday in Kentucky.  It’s a good book.  It is hard to stay awake when you are reading a book about mindfulness, but I did get through it and learned some neat stuff.  One thing I learned is that I am a pretty mindful person already.  I have some work to do, sure, but I am not your average Jane bopping around totally unaware.  Jon Kabat-Zinn does think meditation can help me “be all I can be” which is what I am striving for, so I will stick with it.  Here is a quote that makes me think this is so:

“…by investigating inwardly our own nature as beings and particularly, the nature of our own minds, through careful and systematic self-observation, we may be able to live lives of greater satisfaction, harmony, and wisdom” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Sounds good right?  I am not completely sure how the benefits of meditation and therapy are different, besides the fact that meditation is FREE!  I will have to investigate the other differences.  Jon Kabat-Zinn also recommends “meditating without advertising it.” He says instead of talking about it, just go do it.  Excellent point.

But before I stop talking about it, I will tell you that I did sit the past two days for 10 minutes each and my mind did not stop for one second.  (Boy, I wish I had coffee.  Should I have left the light off?  My apartment is so much quieter now that they built that building in front of my window.  I am so uncomfortable.  What should I get my mom for Christmas? It’s OK, just watch the thoughts float away in little bubbles.  I wonder if it is OK to picture little bubbles?)

According to Jon Kabat-Zinn (I do love that name!), it could be years before I am able to really quiet my mind.  That is a really long time!  Clearly, I won’t be able to achieve this goal until I have a comfy meditation pillow.

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3 thoughts on “How’s the Meditation Going, You Ask?”

  1. Love this post! I had the same trouble for many years. And then during my yoga teacher training, I was required to meditate every day. So I did. For 18 minutes every day. Now I sit for at least 5 minutes per day and if I don’t do it I feel a little off. One thing I love about meditation is that you can always get back on the wagon again. I never knew that was possible before my yoga training. It’s the consistency of trying that really matters.

    Cheers!

  2. Thanks Christa! More encouragement to keep at it! Crazy how hard it is to just force yourself to sit still and be quiet is. I wonder if it would be easier if we lived in the woods instead of NYC….

  3. You can sit any where you like. Don’t try to turn off the thoughts, just breath. In and out, softly and deeply. Just breathe. It helps a lot to go to a meditation weekend. There are beautiful places to go. You can choose one of the teachers’s whose books you like and find a weekend they are teaching. Then you will be relaxed and in the habit when you return. You see benefits faster.

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