Meditating is terribly good for you, as everyone knows. Meditation reduces stress and anxiety. It lowers your blood pressure. It helps relieve pain. It does everything except clean your kitchen for you. In fact, maybe if you’re good enough at meditating, it could even do that. There’s just no telling
For years I knew about the benefits of meditation, but I could never actually bring myself to meditate. The truth is that silence makes me sort of uncomfortable. But recently I went on a quest to take better care of myself, and I thought that I could try meditating just a little. I thought about my friend Marilyn who started with five minutes. Even the busiest person can find five minutes, right? I was resolved to give it a go to see what happened.
I’m happy to say that I’m finding sitting still to be far easier than I expected. Maybe it’s because life with kids is so noisy that the chance to be still and quiet is really quite welcome. I can easily meditate for 10 or 15 minutes at a stretch, and it doesn’t feel too long. However, I’m not all that good at quieting my mind. So today I’m sharing some of the things I think about when I’m supposed to be not thinking about anything at all.
So, I’m not that good at quieting my monkey mind, what of it?
Things I Think About When I’m Supposed to be Meditating
- Blog post topics
- The best opening sentence for my next blog post
- Where I’ll go on my next vacation
- What I’ll wear tomorrow
- What I’ll wear to a party two weeks from now
- How awesome I am for meditating
- That guy who cut me off in traffic
- What I need to buy at the grocery store
- My next podcast
- The fact that my right knee is sort of itchy
- Game of Thrones
As you can see, quieting my mind is still a work in progress for me, and I’m not all that good at it yet. However, I’m choosing to believe that’s not the point. The point is that I’m trying. If I only did things I had already mastered, I wouldn’t do much at all. That’s not good, right? So I sit there anyway, and don’t beat myself up if Daenerys Targaryen keeps intruding on my meditation.
Will I see all those reported benefits of meditation? I don’t know. For now what I do know is that I do a whole lot of thinking, when I’m supposed to be not thinking. And monkeys are always a good thing to think about.
Do you meditate? Are you good at quieting your mind, or do you find yourself thinking about all sorts of other things? Tell me all about it!