My taster series of meditation has been going smoothly, although it’s a little different than I thought it would be. I kinda thought the book would explain a little bit about different types of meditation, I would try them for a week and then switch to the next type. For example: “regular” meditation, mantra meditation, transcendental meditation, using music, guided visualization or any of the other forms of mediation I don’t know anything about. Instead, each chapter/ week has had a slightly different way of addressing the stream of consciousness parade (so far). I was initially disappointed, but I have grown to really like this approach and in the beginning, the less distractions during meditation the better!
The weeks thus far have been:
1.) getting started and focusing on breathing
2.) noticing sounds and then letting them go
3.) noticing body sensations
4.) labeling incoming thoughts as being in the past or the future, and focusing on staying in the present
5.) THIS WEEK! saying “no thanks” to your thoughts when they appear and demand your attention.
I have been doing my meditating first thing in the morning and find that it does settle my brain. It’s been a really nice way to start the day off. I tried meditating at night when my schedule changed this past week, but I found it much harder. My thought parade is going twice as fast and one time I even fell asleep! I have really liked this project and I am going to finish out the chapters over the next month. It’s pretty easy to find the time now when my schedule is reasonably consistent and I am at home, I hope I can keep it going during the summer touring months!
Any noticeable differences?
Why, I’m so glad you asked 😉 …and YES there have been! I wouldn’t say it’s completely changed my life, but here are a few of the basic pros I have noticed:
- It has created much more order in my morning. As the start of my day I find my self getting going faster and easier after meditating.
- It has helped me control my parade of thoughts when I am not meditating. Well control is a strong word, but it has helped me notice what’s happening and stop it before I get too far off track. You know how you walk into a room and forget why you’re there… I don’t do that as much anymore.
- During training when I benefit a lot from a quiet brain, I have been able to “control” my thought parade in much the same way. This helps me concentrate on my handstand much longer than before.
- It has made multi-tasking more uncomfortable… which for me is a good thing. I’m not sure why, but for the first time in my life I don’t enjoy having the TV on while trying to do computer work or other paperwork. I am now more comfortable focusing on one thing at a time.
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