Starting out on the journey to become mindful can seem tricky.
When you first try sitting to meditate you will become aware of the mental chatter that constantly goes on in your mind. It can be overwhelming.
At the stage when you notice just how busy your mind is it is easy to give up and to think that you are just no good at meditation!
It can be a real shock to the system to suddenly sit and hear all the noise that goes on all of the time, it can feel quite unpleasant!
Becoming aware of the mental chatter is a really important first step in becoming mindful but if sitting still and listening to it all is just too much then taking a different approach can help….
Commit instead to being more mindful for a certain period. Perhaps for the length of your next journey. Or maybe whilst you take the dog for a walk. Don’t worry about being distracted, you will be more alert than normal.
Each time you notice a thought during that period label it as a thought and give yourself a point. Even if your mind then wanders back to the same thought you can have another point when you notice that’s what has happened.
At the end of the period add your points together. The more points the better because the more aware you have been. You could even give yourself a reward for getting to a certain number.
Noticing that your mind has wandered onto thinking is a really positive step. Once you start to notice your thoughts you are already being mindful.
Do this exercise as often as you get the opportunity. You will soon see your points adding up more easily and your mindful awareness growing.
Getting used to just how much you think whilst you are active will mean that when you try sitting to meditate again it will be less of a shock. Sitting still and letting your thoughts settle will seem so much more possible.
Come on a Revitalise Session to see how mindfulness could be a great addition to your life.