For the longest time, I simply didn’t understand meditation…
Were you supposed to just sit quietly for a while?
Sounded boring to me, and I could never seem to sit still or calm my mind.
Then, one day, I went to dinner with an old man.
He was in his 80s and talked about the impact that meditation had on his life, so I gave it another try.
This time, however, I started with guided meditation.
Instead of just sitting still, trying to clear my mind, and/or focus on my breath, I gave myself one simple task:
Listen to the guided meditation, and if your mind begins to wander, gently re-direct your attention back to the audio
I did this for a few minutes a day—and then steadily for longer and longer.
I noticed I started to “distance” myself from my thoughts. It’s hard to explain, but it’s like I could see my thoughts pass by like clouds instead of being “in” the clouds—
This had a huge impact on my mental health, emotional regulation, attention and focus, and more.
Check out my guided meditation playlist here