Have you heard how meditation is supposed to be great for reducing stress, but haven’t been able to sit still for more than a minute? When you try to meditate, do you get up and wonder, “What’s the point?” Well, here is some insight to help you get the stress reduction you seek out of every moment of meditation.
What’s the point?
For some, meditation is a spiritual path to enlightenment. For others, it is a way to still the mind and tame the stress in one’s life by being in the here and now rather than the past or the future. The purpose is to focus on one thing at a time, create stillness in the mind and be in the present.
Let’s consider the modern working environment. If your job is like many in the today’s society, you’re expected to “multitask” and hurry hurry hurry! Many of us are flooded with input from many directions, including telephone, email, IM, social media and co-workers walking up to us at our desk. By learning to control your own mind through meditation, you are also learning to control daily intrusions by creating a bottleneck and handling each item one at a time. It is a controlled chaos rather than a chaotic free-for-all.
How can you sit still for more than a minute?
What are the reasons you get up? Are you uncomfortable? Bored? Solve these issues and you’ll be well on your way to successful meditation. Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing and are sitting, standing, laying in the position most comfortable for you.
Now for the boredom. The trick is to think on something that you enjoy and is easy for you to return your thought to when you get off track. Even with this chosen thought, you will need practice and a lot of patience with yourself.
Try meditating on “SQUIRREL!”
If you’ve seen the movie “Up“, you know what I mean when I say, “SQUIRREL”.
Squirrels are cute, furry rodents that run around like nuts. They tend to exhibit chaotic behaviors, such as running back and forth in front of cars, while the driver eeks “squirrel!” The word “squirrel”, said with an exclamation and the thought of one running in front of your car can pull your thoughts back to one simple thing – a cute, furry rodent acting like a nut.
Try it in the middle of your workday, when things seem like they are getting out of control.
When you have more time, try selecting a topic to meditate on that really interests you. By learning with topics you are more interested in, it will be more easy to transition to more challenging topics later.