Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Meditating on Meditation

I believe that in everyone’s life, there are always peaks and valleys. Hopefully we spend most of our daily lives high on that mountain peak—but sometimes we’re just stuck in a valley.

But right now, I’m sittin’ high on top of that mountain!

In a lotus position.

Yep, I’m beginning to like this whole meditation thing. I’ve started meditating probably about 10 times before, and every time, I eventually quit. I think I just forgot what it was like when I wasn’t meditating. Because here’s what happens:

Step 1: I start meditating and feel calmer and more peaceful in my daily life. I think to myself, “Why did I ever stop meditating, when it makes me feel so good?”

Step 2: I have a really bad day/week where I feel like I’m too busy to meditate, so I get out of the habit.

Step 3: I get into the habit of watching tv instead of meditating, and I convince myself that meditation never really helped me, anyway.

But alas, my friends, this is the ego at work. That damn, nasty ego that I need to squash!

So I will continue to sit and meditate. Luckily, it’s only for 8 minutes a day. I’m reading this book called “8 Minute Meditation,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like. It teaches you different techniques for meditating for 8 minutes a day. And if I’m really honest with myself, I know that I can spare 8 minutes a day. Hell, I can probably skip watching Family Guy re-runs and save 30 minutes a day—but why on earth would I do that?


Barb said...

I'll have to keep an eye out for that meditation book. I think it's something I really need to start doing. I truly believe it helps.

Buck said...

Geez. Now if I start meditating, I won't be able to think of anything but Brian, the dog on Family Guy.

Sling said...

I'm a big fan of taking time out to just..consider.
By whatever means is available to you.
I get a charge out of sanding wood.
Removing the blemishes to reveal the pattern of loops and swirls in the grain.
When you can close your eyes,run your fingertips across the point where two seperate pieces have been joined,and not detect the variation,..That's cool.
That sounded better in my head.

Mathman6293 said...

I like the idea although I have never tried it. But TV is so inviting.

Lorraine said...

Wait. You mean watching TV isn't meditation?


Miss Healthypants said...

Barb--it's a great book--let me know what you think!

LOL, Buck! :)

Sling--it sounds good written, as well--I love the word "consider," too. You seem like a wise soul.

Mathman--that's the problem. I love tv waaaay too much. :)

And sorry, Rainey--I wish it were! :)

Diane said...

I am a fan of "taking time out to just consider" too! Well said Sling.