Questions People Ask Me When They Learn I’m a Meditator:
- Are you a Hindu now? (no, but I respect their wisdom)
- Are you a Buddhist now? (no, but I dig their wisdom)
- Can Christians meditate? (yes yes and yes)
- Do you levitate? (no! …sounds fun, though!)
- Where do you teach yoga? (um… I teach meditation)
- Do you wear special clothes? (no)
- Can kids learn? (yes!)
- Is meditation difficult? (no, it’s effortless)
- Do I have to stop my mind from thinking? (no no and no)
- I don’t have time to meditate.
Ok, that last one isn’t a question but it’s one of the most common things I hear from people who don’t meditate.
My response goes something like this:
Me: Do you have time to brush your teeth?
Other person: Well, duh… of course I do… but what does brushing your teeth have to do with meditation?
Simply this. You make time for things that give you something of value in return. Having nice breath and clean teeth is important because it feels gross if you don’t brush your teeth and bad breath is not sexy! Would you ever give up brushing your teeth because it took a few minutes out of your day? You’ve made this a non-negotiable in your life because it feels good and it’s good for your social and sex life to have clean teeth and fresh breath. And you really notice it when you don’t do it… am I right?!
Did you know you can meditate in a few minutes a day?
And… over time, meditation cleans out the plaque from your nervous system caused by years and years of accumulated stress so you feel more relaxed and at ease more often.
Meditation trains our brain to deliver higher quality thoughts and ideas to us from the love-based higher-mind instead of habitually feeding us the same ‘ole unhelpful stories and neurological junk in our fear-based lower-mind.
Meditation creates mental and emotional space giving us more control to choose how we want to respond instead of compulsively reacting to things like an annoying co-worker, a triggering post on Facebook, getting cut-off in traffic, when someone pays for their cart-full of groceries with all pennies. You get the picture.
And meditation connects us to who we really are and what we really want. Like getting driving directions from our Soul.
Who wouldn’t take a few minutes a day for that?
The great news is one mindful breath a day can be where you start. Where you go from there is up to you. You can set aside a few minutes for mindful breathing and you’ll be well on your way to life-changing benefits.
Will you make it a non-negotiable part of your daily routine? My guess is yes, but it really depends on what you start noticing about yourself and your life that’s different and better because of meditation.
You can do it. And it’s totally worth it.
How to take a mindful breath: simply bring gentle attention to your breath. Become aware that you are breathing and then pay attention, noticing the sensations of the inhale and the exhale through the nose. One breath. And then another if you want to. That’s it!