When I sat down to meditate this morning my mind was a jumble of ideas, emotions and pictures. Even now I can feel my mind working overtime and will probably add extra practice into my routine today because of it. I’ve been at this game a long time and every once in a while it takes more effort to sit still. What I’ve learned is that the common reason people don’t keep up a meditation practice to this restless mind. They think they just can’t do it, but everyone can learn meditation if they give it a chance.
So, what does it take to drag you into the now?
Kicking and screaming into the gentle quiet of your heart, how do you settle? When the ever-present ‘monkey in the mind’ starts its wild chatter, how do you focus yourself, even for five minutes?
Can you guess what I’m going to say?
Breathe. Long and deep. Don’t stop the ideas. Ride the wave of undulating words, clamp onto the images, vivid and captivating. Sink your teeth into what you are in this moment; restless, ungrounded, and a little chaotic…slip into the art of allowing, cease your need for control and let the wild river take you.
This is the flow you are looking for. You are in it now.
Meditation isn’t about stopping your thoughts, but focusing the mind. When the mind is tumbling, loosen your hold. Breathe in. Relax into all of it. This is the practice of being. Focusing the mind is not about perfection but perseverance, so wiggle, shift, follow the thoughts this way and that, but keep sitting. Keep breathing and use the time to practice just being as you are.
Sometimes you are messy, imperfectly perfect and just plain human, so go with it as it’s all good.