“How do you find time to meditate?” I’m asked this question a lot and, my response is, “How do you have time to feel like crap?”
Working on your inner world is a full-time job. It’s not something that you just pick up and get. It’s a constant, ever-evolving process. At first, it seems daunting because you feel like you have so much work to do. That’s your ego talking. It wants you to procrastinate, especially on the things that are most important. But know that this work is the best you can and will ever do.
Building a meditation practice is just like building an exercise practice. You start working out and feel stronger but the results don’t come for a few months. And as you get stronger, results come and you feel like a better version of yourself. If you fall off the exercise wagon, you lose your muscle tone. It’s the same thing with meditation. If you fall off the meditation wagon, you lose touch with your intuition. You choose to forget about your intuition and listen to your ego.
I was talking to a dear friend of mine the other day and she was really stressed out and having a tough time making some business decisions. She’s usually on-the-ball and is really good at allowing things to flow to her with ease. That’s actually one of the things I admire most about her. But that day, she seemed off.
“Are you meditating?” I asked.
“No,” she said.
She went on to say that she felt totally unaligned since she fell off the meditation wagon.
“Of course,” I said. “And you wouldn’t be asking me for advice now if you were meditating every day…because your intuition would be running the show again.”
Period. End of blog post.
Okay, not really end of blog post but you get my jist.
Can you think of the last time that you wanted to respond to an email or a text message with a nasty remark? Can you think of a time when you were so quick to judge yourself in the mirror and didn’t think twice about it? Can you remember a Facebook status or tweet that made you want to scream and so you did – in all caps – in the comment section?
Meditation helps us to stay present and not react. That means we still feel our stuff but we don’t have to send that nasty text message or email, we re-correct our body attach thought with a loving one, and we refrain from commenting on that status in all caps. Instead, we can give it the 24 hours and, if it’s still bugging us, we can address the issue. Likely, though, after you feel your stuff (and perhaps vent to your bestie), everything will have dissipated the next day.
Five minutes spent in stillness every morning can change the course of your entire day. Choose a guided meditations from my Meditation playlist and get going every morning. Paint your blank canvas with something good every morning. And carry it with you throughout the day. Just breathe, so you can activate your inner teacher. Your breath brings you back to your present moment. Get to work!
How are your mental muscles?