When you sit to meditate it is so easy to slip into judging how you have done. Was it a good session? Did you feel like you got any where? Did you achieve anything? All the sorts of questions you might ask of yourself after a days work, or after a work out at the gym. But are they the right sort of questions after a meditation?
So many factors can impact on how we feel in a meditation. Our minds are on the go all the time, usually at super fast speed. So when we sit to meditate our thoughts really will reflect the events that have been going on for us, and the way we have been feeling in everyday life.
If you are having a stressful time at work you might decide to sit to meditate for a break, a bit of relief. If you then realise that your mind is hectic and your thoughts are still whizzing round your head it can be very frustrating. It is so easy in that situation to decide you have had a useless session and that it really wasn’t worth it. Your mind is too hectic to meditate.
Hold that thought!
Stopping to notice what sort of thoughts are going on each day is so valuable, totally worth it. If you can notice the thoughts that are occupying your mind then you have already taken a massive step. By noticing that your thoughts are just thoughts, you no longer get caught up in them. Rather than being lost in the thoughts you become an observer of them. Once you can observe your thoughts you can make clear decisions about whether you act on them or not. A really amazing position to be in.
When you have the thought that your mind is too hectic to meditate, pause. Remember it is just another thought! Think from a different perspective for a moment. Your mind has been allowed to carry on untamed for years. Then you sit and try to meditate. It is no wonder that when you start to notice what is going on it seems a bit chaotic. By training your brain you will get more and more skilled at allowing your thoughts to settle. When they settle you will find a more peaceful state of mind. So rather than seeing the high speed thoughts as a barrier, see them as your motivation. Don’t see their presence as a failure, see the fact that you are aware of the them as an achievement.
Come on a Revitalise Day to see experience the amazing sense of calm and peace that mindfulness brings. By setting aside time to come and devote to yourself you will be making a huge step towards getting to know your mind.