The only way to be bad at meditation is to not do it
The only way to be bad at meditation is to not do it ✨ This is for all my (fellow) busy perfectionists out there who’ve convinced themselves, “I can’t meditate”. And while I’m no expert, rather a persistent student, I can tell you with full confidence, YOU CAN.
I’ve dipped in and out of my meditation practice since 2016 when I got certified in Transcendental Meditation. My meditation often consisted of scrolling through the rapid fire click bait of my brain; It still does. BUT then one day, for one brief moment, it happened. I sunk below the turbulent oceanic surface of my thoughts into a quiet, spaceless moment. And I thought, What. Was. That?
With my daughter’s birth, I found myself swept away from my practice in a busy wave of to-dos. I forgot to observe my thinking, and was instead a person defined by my thinking.
After our world turned upside down in 2020, I found myself forced to deal with the physical manifestations of my stress. I took an 8 week course from Eckhart Tolle who reminded me, in his other-worldly way, about the transcendence of ego and infinite power of true consciousness.
If you’re on the cusp, this is your SIGN to start. Here are some tools to help:
✨Use a Mantra - I was given one in my TM graduation ceremony, but I love, ‘Ham-Sah’ which means ‘I am that I am.’ Say this mantra in your head while breathing.
✨Ride the waves of your breath - In his Master Class (highly recommend), Jon Kabat Zinn suggests imagining yourself on a raft floating up a wave as you breathe in, and down as you breathe out. (MasterClass available here)
✨ Don’t judge - If your mind is busy, listen to it. Observe the thought, and then move back to your breath or mantra. Realize you are not the thought; You’re the listener.
✨ Get comfy - I absolutely love my @malacollective pillows. Make it work for you and your body. (Use PromoCode KELSEYC20 for 20% off)
✨ Start small - 5 deep breaths. Then 5 minutes. Then 10... and so on. It’s all enough.
Gonna leave you with this quote by Jon Kabat Zinn, “Maybe the fear is that we are less than we think we are, when the actuality of it is that we are much much more.”
Keep your light on🕯