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What is meditation and why should I do it?

Everybody talks about meditation, but I’m not really sure what the benefit is. I sit down, can’t sit down cross-legged like they show in the pictures; and then I try to be quiet, but all I really do is continue thinking about stuff. Is it really possible to stop thinking? Yeah, I know, you are supposed to ‘notice’ the thoughts as they drift by, but not get caught up in the content of the thought. Eventually, your mind is supposed to become still…

Up until not too long ago, I have been saying/ thinking the above. I liked the idea of meditating to get to a calmer state, but it just wasn’t happening. Every once in a while, I would resolve to start meditating. My attempts at meditation would just eventually whither into nothingness; or even sometimes increased anxiety. I could not stop my stinkin’ thinkin’. Being a skeptical sort of person, I could not really see the connection between meditation and ‘being better’. I am not a ‘bliss bunny’. Bliss bunny is a term that a former sound & music teacher used for individuals who are … well, bliss bunnies. The way I conceptualize it is people who are eternal hippies; forever happy, smelling flowers; twirling around in tie-dye clothes, with no obvious source of income and no apparrent worries about it either. Not. Me.

Although that persona , if real, is appealing; I never really believed it when I saw it in others; and I definitely did not think that this was an achievable state of mind for me. I do realize though, that the part of me that disbelieves ‘bliss bunnies’ is exactly the same judgmental; critical aspect of myself that judges and criticizes me and has at times been the obstacle to me pursuing certain goals.

The only times that I have felt in a meditative zone was when bicycling on long stretches of road – where I basically focussed on my pace and not much else. Those instances though, were few and far between.

Now however, I do meditate. I still don’t sit down an ‘Meditate’ with a capital ‘M’, but I do sit down on a daily basis, in the morning and in the evening and engage in a form of meditation. I sit down and do breathing exercises; I sit down and tone., I sit down and I drum. This gives me a focus. It allows me to open my mind to the universal energies. (Yes, I did I just say that) I still think, I even still have “stinkin’ thinkin’ ” at times, but mostly, I can get into the drumming or the toning and ‘defragment’ my brain(1).

My goal in this blog is to post different exercises to facilitate getting into a meditative state. Exercises that have worked for me and hopefully for you too!

I would love to hear about your experiences with meditation; and let me know what works or doesn’t work for you.

(1) I read this analogy somewhere which is in terms I can understand, but I don’t remember which book it was in- as soon as I find it again, I will post it here.

6 Comments

  • Mara

    “Guided meditation” has never really worked for me, especially when written in a book. Am I to memorize the script? What if I get the order wrong? Or am I suppose to read it line by line, or paragraph by paragraph? It’s never made much sense, anxious making.

    In high school, my freshman year homeroom teacher would sometimes do meditation in our religion class. Her voice was very soothing, but I never imagined grassy knolls, or sparkling water, or whatever- I’d be busy sinking into the cold hard surface of my desk, listening to the minute noises of my classmates moving around.

    • soundhealer

      Thanks for commenting on your experience, Mara! Probably your teacher was trying to expose the class to the benefits of meditation; but it does need to feel relevant to the audience, otherwise it won’t work. Sometimes people record a guided visualization that they like, so that they can listen to it and get into the meditation without having to memorize it or read the book during the meditation.

  • Theresa Varela

    I’m someone who finds myself always “too busy” to meditate. It’s the time- not the stinking thinking- that is my major obstacle. For some reason, I have recently sat down for timed periods of meditation and find my body/mind/soul craves it. Thanks for a great reminding post of what makes be blissful.

    • soundhealer

      Thanks Theresa, finding time is indeed very difficult at times. It’s difficult to realize, when one is crunched for time, that meditation actually helps reduce overall stress; and helps increase stamina – so that you can actually get more done with greater well-being!

  • Raphael

    I’ve found that when you meditate in order to achieve something you miss what it is you want because or ideas of what should hardly match exactly with how they will. And so if pretty much you go to the station expecting a train at 6 and it comes at 7 and now your mad. I think the whole purpose for me at least I will say is to loose the idea of me needing anything thing else whatsoever to make this very moment ( and who and how I be in this very moment) better. I’ve come to see life my self very much included a very connected an interwoven expanding of conscious manifested in this physical realm. “Be just be said the me to me” thanks for your blog 🙂

    And if you’d like some hip hop from a spiritual standpoint YouTube: Ralph Reign

    PEACE AND LOVE !!

    • soundhealer

      I love your quote – ‘be just be said the me to me’. Having expectations, in meditation or just generally in life, can lead to disappointment, and one can really miss out on the experience of what is actually happening. Thanks for commenting and I will check out your youtube site!

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