If learning to meditate was a school, I definitely have flunked out, many times. Not for the lack of trying because I’ve spent years flirting with all the big name techniques. it’s just that I have always felt that I kind of sucked at it. Sitting still for even a few minutes would often have me bored out of my gourd. I’d always wanted that thing that serious meditators seemed to ooze: inner peace, contentment, special meditating club membership. But I just couldn’t swing it and the humiliation of not feeling like I was getting anywhere always kept me from seriously committing.
But recently, something clicked. I don’t know if it’s being at a physical place – the midlife thing – where my body and mind are ready to finally latch on to it and in fact, I’m not even going to question it. And in this week’s podcast I share with you what I’m doing right now and why it’s as close to a “real meditation” practice than I’ve ever experienced. The funny thing is there’s nothing at all mystical about it. There is no chanting or gazing. All you need is to be comfortable and have a timer – I use my iPhone.
As promised, I want to invite you to join me and have four options for sitting in silence : A “1 minute practice” from a video that I made a while back and a “5”, “10” and “15 minute sitting practice”. Listen to the podcast before though so you have an understanding of what’s going on. The sitting videos are as boring as watching paint dry, but if you like the idea of having someone to do it with, sit with me, I’ll fire up the timer and the alarm will go off when we’re done so you don’t have to do a thing.
One Minute Silence
And watching rock goddess Tina Turner chant the classic Nam Myoho Renge Kyo kinda blew my mind. Check it out:
Other resources I mentioned in this episode:
Nancy Cooke de Herrera’s book All You Need Is Love: An Eyewitness Account of When Spirituality Was Brought To The West. (Note, in the podcast I couldn’t recall her name and thought it was Nancy O’hare. Close but not close enough..)
Free Lift Meditation App : This is the app that has a built in meditation accountability club in it.
Also, here are links to online friends who have recently inspired me
Brookyln Hudson – a best selling author and mom to Willow the Squirrel. Find out more here: http://www.brooklynhudson.com/
Dawn Schultz – Dawn is filming her journey to “Russian Blonde”. Watch her story here: http://youtu.be/l2hi_1tH34Q
Pamela Conley – Pamela is a mental health professional based in Billings, Montana. You can read her blog here: http://freedancersvoice.blogspot.com.au/
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