Make Time For Meditation
We think almost as much as we breathe. Often times we're thinking about more than one thing at once. Groceries to get, bills to pay, and responsibilities that never seem to end. How in the world are we supposed to find the time to sit still and meditate? It's not easy to do, but the answer is simple - make time. Make the decision to find time for meditation. We make time to listen to our friends and to take care of our families, but when do we take care of ourselves? Sure there are spa days with manicures and massages, but those luxuries don't feed inner peace.
Meditation has many documented benefits. It has been shown to reduce stress, improve self-awareness, regulate moods, and other mental perks. Physically, meditation can reduce blood pressure, lessen inflammation throughout the body, and can decrease the risk of heart disease. Think about the action and effect. By sheer virtue of sitting in silence, the body has time and space to heal itself. Not that sitting still in this day and age is easy, but it’s something that should be practiced. On a fundamental level, meditation is a practice of discipline, something we exercise when we go to the gym consistently or when we decide to go for the carrot instead of the chocolate bar. Discipline leads you to make decisions that you know are better for you, as much as they be unappealing in the moment.
During meditation, you're sitting calmly and silently. If you're doing it right, your breathing and heart rate should slow. The two reactions should have a calming affect on your body, allowing you to clear your mind. As you begin your journey into meditation, it can feel almost physically impossible to stop your mind from racing. Too much to do, too much to figure out! Make the choice to stop those thoughts. We can easily dismiss things we don't want to think about when they're unpleasant or difficult. Learn how to turn down the volume of the thoughts in your mind. Turn them down until they're barely perceptible. Focus on your breathing.
You know how it feels when you want something to happen so badly that it never seems to come? Then you release that anticipation and expectation to find that things fall into place exactly the way they were supposed to. The same goes for meditation. The harder you try to be "zen", the harder it will be. Make "letting go" your discipline. Let go of your thoughts. Be still. Be present in the moment. Breathe, relax and let it happen. Eventually, the practice will become a welcome and cherished habit.