Luckily that’s not the case. Meditation is a practice – just like yoga or any other exercise. You build strength over time, and it’s always changing and evolving and can look different day to day. Meditation can be as simple as noticing you’re feeling overwhelmed, pausing for a moment, and reconnecting with your breath, or quieting your mind before you go to sleep as you lay in bed.
It’s that tiny moment of clarity you get when you are tuned in to the present moment and the breath.
In order to get to a place where we can have regular awareness of our mind and body, we practice sitting in a quiet space with less distractions on our own time. This allows our brain to get used to quieting down and listening to our heart, which acts as a connection between the mind and the body.
Thoughts will come up and the mind will wander. That’s what the mind is supposed to do, but the power comes in returning the focus back to the breath and not letting the thoughts take over. The breath regulates the nervous system and over time will handle stress better. It’s okay if you have to shift your focus back a hundred times. You’re still showing up for your meditation practice.
You can also join me Wednesday mornings at 7 am (but it’s okay if you’re a few minutes late) for a 20 minute guided meditation. A reset for the middle of the week.