I’m participating in a 30 Day Living Mindfully Blog Challenge. This is my day 27 entry.
Sit for 20 minutes. What comes up when you read 20 minutes? Can you take that time for yourself? Are there many reasons why you can’t? How about reasons why you CAN? Now write a post or grab your journal and write about your reflections, experience and share your story.
I have a confession. For all my talk about the benefits of meditation, I have a difficult time doing it in the traditional sense of sitting still purely with my thoughts. I need to be walked through the process of a “full-on” meditation practice in the form of a guided talk or yoga practice. Repetitive or mundane activities induce a calm state of being as well – swimming laps, cooking, or artistic pursuits like practicing calligraphy or messing around with watercolor painting are a few of my choice activities.
I need a crutch. I need to do something with my hands or move my body or rely on an external stimuli, otherwise I’d go nuts with my very very noisy monkey mind.
Until I am ready and able to perform “real meditation”, these two activities are the closest I could get to comply with today’s challenge of simply “sitting”:
1. Morning pages. Inspired by Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist Way”, morning pages encourage blocked creatives (like me) to commit to writing 3 or more pages of random, stream of consciousness scribbles every day, preferably upon waking. Julia calls it Western style meditation because it helps purge out any distractions or baggages that might otherwise litter our thoughts and hound us throughout the day.
2. Yoga. For those days when I don’t have the luxury of having a teacher guide and correct my alignment during a class, (which is, like, daily?), I use the Yoga Studio app. It has the voice prompts and clear visuals that I need for my self practice. It’s been incredibly helpful for alleviating my lower back pain and lifting my overall mood throughout the day.
How do you meditate?