A simple definition of meditation is: “Meditation is being with what is.” In meditation we take time to do two things:
- meet ourselves where we are, right here and now
- meet ourselves just as we are
Obviously, the attitude we have when we approach any activity will influence how we feel and how the activity will unfold. So, if instead of seeing meditation as a chore, we choose to see the practice as establishing an intimate relationship with ourselves, we may be more likely to enjoy it. This is key to establish consistency, because it is easier to practice something that we find enjoyable.
Favoring the following 5 suggestions can be very helpful in creating an effective and enjoyable practice:
- Find a comfortable position
- Choose a focal point
- Let go off any and all judgement
- Persist with gentle curiosity
Often when we try to practice meditation we may find it frustrating to notice that the voices in our head cannot seem to stop. Another frequent challenge arises when we notice how often we get distracted. Noticing our internal chatter and that we are getting distracted are already signs that show that we can witness these activities from a different vantage point instead of allowing them to derail us. This is a sign that our meditation is working because we can separate ourselves from the habitual activites of our mind. I would suggest savoring that as we return to our focal point.
I hope you find many opportunities to enjoy connecting to yourself through your meditation practice.
Simple guided meditation with Rubén