My mind is always filled with noise. The voice in my head, that sounds just like me, tells me I am not good enough, not smart enough, not worthy enough. And just as it tells me these negative ideas it also repeats back positives: you are amazing, you’re worth it, you deserve better. The constant unsettling of the mind is something that I am trying to learn to accept.
The holidays have come and gone and as life continues to happen, I have been trying to make meditation more of a constant practice rather than something that I do only when I am not feeling well. Over the last month, I have been incorporating this into my morning and evening routine. I take 5 to 10 minutes to reset and allow my thoughts to come and go as they choose rather than try to stifle them and push them deep down inside my psyche. I find that in the middle of the day if needed, I can pause, sit in silence, take a few deep breaths, and reset.
One of the greatest myths about meditation is that you are not supposed to think. This could not be further from the truth. I have noticed that, since I began to make this a practice, I am able to untangle the mixed-up messages that roll through my head each day. That I can re-center and clear out the confusion to allow for goodness to flow into my life.
If you are new to this, just as I am, I would suggest trying a free app called Insight Timer. It is full of meditations, talks, music, and teachings. I use it every day. You can track your progress, add notes, and see the thousands of people who are meditating along with you.
On January 27th, we will be hosting a workshop in Canaan that is focused on inner growth, part of which will be meditation. It is a great way to #gobeyond that chatter in your mind and connect with you. I hope you will join me.