When the MeditationWorks mobile unit rolls up for its first meditation session, we ask if anyone has meditated. We tend get a few hesitant hand raises, along with a few comments that go sort of like this:
“Well, I TRIED to meditate, but I’m obviously really bad at it. My mind kept racing. I couldn’t clear it, so I just gave up.”
We get this a ton. Believing meditation requires some kind of mind-control or clearing is a common misconception. The great news is that if your brain is full of thoughts, you’re not “bad” at meditating. As a matter of fact, it’s completely normal, human, and entirely OK.
Meditation just requires a few simple actions: 1) Sitting up straight and relaxed, “Posture is extremely important to get a great meditation session really going.” 2) Focusing on our breath. 3) Observing sensations and thoughts without judgment or reaction. The racing mind becomes a handy tool for the exercise. Catching yourself distracted in thought and returning to the breath is how we meditate. Simple, right? It goes something like this:
“Oh, I need to send that email to Jesse…Dang, I promised it would be done this morning… Thanks, brain, now back to my breath.”
“I hope I set the DVR for Game of Thrones… Should I text Joe and see if he remembered… Thanks, brain, now back to my breath.”
This may happen a hundred times during our ten-minute sessions. Please don’t get frustrated, or even disappointed. Just return focus to your breath until you catch the next distraction luring you away from the task at hand.
What truly helps is having MeditationWorks roll up to your company or school’s door with our mobile unit, where inside, it smells, looks, and feels like peace and relaxation. There’s no cell phone pinging, no laptop light beckoning, no sink full of dishes or lawn to cut. Just a calm, engaging voice in quiet, safe, dedicated space. A place where you can fully engage in your meditation practice and be back to your desk in just 15 minutes!
Give us a try! Give Jake a call at 248-798-3366. We welcome you and your beautiful racing mind!
Until we meet again…