I have one question for you.
What are you invested in? Now for the follow up questions: What do you spend your time, energy and money
on? Did you choose this, or are you
operating on default mode?
You can be honest.
There’s no one else around to challenge you about it. Sometimes, I’m more invested in Netflix and
emotional eating than learning and relationships. (I know!
Even I have moments of rest and stasis, and might I say, weakness?) I say this tongue in cheek, because everyone
needs ways to unwind, relax and check out.
But if a majority of your time is spent in these pursuits, where is your
growth? Are you happy with the
opportunities and situations that this investment is creating?
A good litmus test for your life is your emotions. If you are content, happy, healthy,
prosperous, and connected to people around you, then it is a pretty good
indication that your energetic investments are in the right place. If you are not content, what are you putting
your energy into that is creating this environment?
Not sure? Meditate
and set the intention to reveal where you need to focus your energy in order to
get the results you want. Put on a timer
for 5 minutes. Say to yourself “My
intention is to reveal the opportunities I need to put my energy into to get x
result.” Then breathe. Inhale, exhale repeat. When thoughts come into your mind, gently
remind yourself to return to each inhale, each exhale. Feel the sensations in your body for 5
minutes. Take control of your thoughts
and direct them to the breath for 5 minutes.
Practice the skill of identifying when your thoughts are taking you
away, (it doesn’t matter whether these thoughts are “good” or “bad” just exercise
the muscle of controlling your thoughts. 5 minutes is all I’m asking. Then when the timer goes off, revisit your
intention and write out whatever comes to mind.
This is called a mind dump. I
like to start it with meditation because you strengthen your ability to direct
your thoughts before you do your free flowing exercise. It helps to bring some focus to the exercise,
but is also part of an alignment practice.
Centering you, getting you in the right head space for the activity.
I’m a super jittery person.
Sitting still is torture for me, and the same concept for my mental
process is also true. Stillness in my
thoughts? Why would I ever want that?
So, obviously, meditation is a great fit for me. Yeah right, I’m not fooling anyone here. Meditation is the single most rewarding, and
frustrating thing I do. The reason I
make it frustrating for myself is I have expectations about what it should look
like. I feel like I should be able to do
5 minutes with ease. No stray thoughts,
no monkey mind to distract me. Just me
and my breath and peace and calm and WTF is that all about? I don’t know, but I’ll let you know if I ever
experience this chimera.
My meditation practice looks more like dead lifting 400lbs
as I laboriously return my attention to the breath. Like, 40 000 reps in 5 minutes. They don’t call it a practice for nothing,
and it looks different for everyone.
Sometimes it is easier to settle into a practice. Sometimes I can only do 3 minutes, sometimes
I can sit for 20-30. For me, it is often
much easier to meditate with movement (yoga.)
But the whole point is that every part of your meditation practice is
valuable. Every minute you spend in
meditation is one that you spend strengthening the muscle of commanding your
thoughts. And that muscle does get
stronger. If you have a particularly
busy mind, meditation is such a good tool because you get the best
workout! Now go out there and save the
world my friend.