I don’t know about you but on any given day (and night) my mind is going, going, going and filled with doubts, insecurities, fears, things I need to do, things I don’t want to do but need to, I could go on but you get the gist of what I’m saying…errr, writing. One day I’m cruising through various pages of the Huffington Post and found this page which offers a lot of good resources and inspiration on meditation and the benefits of the practice.
Now I will say that I’ve tried meditating before but I could never sit still long enough to wait out the ‘chatter’. But then I talked to a friend of mine who read an article by Russell Simmons on meditation (http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/232270) and he said he was going to give it a shot. My friend is a classic extrovert who’s always on the go and quick to look at you sideways if you’re not moving at his pace. So for him to express an interest in this had my antenna up. I read the article he told me about and found it to be enlightening. Enlightening enough that I decided to commit to trying it for 30 days. While I’m only two weeks into this, I’m surprised by how much I’ve gotten used to waiting for the quiet spaces between my thoughts to arrive. The trick seems to be that you have to have the patience (not my strong suit) to ride out the waves of thoughts that seem to flood your mind when you finally sit still. But once you do that, you’re blessed with a calm and peace that is worth the wait.
Oh, Russell Simmons also wrote a book about meditation entitled Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple which I’m thinking about buying.
Has anybody ever tried meditation? If so, what’s your experience been? Got any tips?