Do you still laugh at the thought of thoughtlessness or are you meditating already?
Meditation is a practice of being in the moment without judgment, pressure, or stressing about the future or past. It is the act of simply existing in the present as a way to clear one’s mind without distractions.
Maybe, but it can take some practice to get used to making yourself be still. No zoning out, no worrying about the next thing on your to- do list and no obsessing over the past. Simply just observing the space around you and energy within you is all there is to pay attention to in meditation.
It can be hard not to let the mind wander or sit still for more than a minute or two. Because of this, it’s good to start slow. It’s important to know, also, that there is no perfection expected in meditation. There is no being good or bad at it. It’s a practice that you can incorporate into your day to the best of your ability.
When this happens, the goal is to allow thoughts to come up without feeling the need to have a reaction to them. In other words, whatever comes up for you in meditation, notice, but do not become attached. Some describe this as pretending to pay attention to yourself and your thoughts from the outside, as if you are another person observing you. Allow thoughts to come, allow thoughts to go. Below, you will find an easy example of how to try meditating. Many people who meditate report increased feelings of relaxation, happiness, and clarity while feeling less stress, anger, and anxiety.
- Find a quiet place in your home without any distractions.
- Lay on your back on an exercise mat or other comfortable mat/ blanket..
- Set a timer for 5 minutes.
- Allow your feet to fall open to the sides, paying attention to your entire body and releasing any tension in your shoulders, neck, face, arms, and legs.
- Your hands should be palm up, as a way to express openness and acceptance. If you feel the need for self soothing, place your left hand over your heart and your right hand on your stomach.
- Lay in this position until the timer goes off, doing you best to stay in the moment as described above.
Meditating should be an integral part of your everyday life. These few minutes will tidy up your inner being, and you will quickly realize how your daily life is much more relaxed.