Matt has been meditating on a daily basis for many years, but although I had done some chunks of meditation I hadn’t incorporated it into my daily habits. Recently, I was hit by another bout of feeling depressed that lasted for seven months. Matt told me point blank, it was time. He said I just had to commit to at least 20 minutes every morning. So I started.
It’s a strange but familiar practice. I found there’s a great deal of relief in being still … and relaxed for the time I’m meditating.
I decided to do it first up in the morning. As soon as my alarm goes off, I sit up in bed, put on my stereo headphones and head to You Tube and search “Free 20 minute mediations”.
There’s a load of choices. I find guided meditations are the easiest, and there’s something for everyone; relaxing voices, chakras, bells, chanting, relaxing music, guided mind tours of ancient pyramids … I mix it up, choosing what ever feels right on the day.
The best thing I like about meditation is I’m not trying to fix anything within my self.
The essence of meditation is to get in contact with the stillness inside our selves and express that stillness outwards. The only way to get inside our selves is to feel our way in, you can’t think your way inside. Meditation is the path to internal knowing, of turning yourself inside out.
Since I’ve been more regular with meditation, I have noticed some changes. Maybe it’s been easier for me to keep my commitments to myself ie. getting up earlier, doing my exercise, getting bookwork done. I think I’ve been feeling in a more in a balanced state, rather than swinging from HIGH to LOW states and back, it seems I’m spending more time in a relaxed, balanced state.
The aim is to make it just what I do, every morning when I open my eyes to be the first thing I do. Not to achieve anything, not to do anything other than just, be still.
I’m still chipping away at it, I hope you might consider doing it too.
PS. Consider starting your meditation practice right away. It only takes 20 minutes first up. Then it’s up to you to act on making meditation a daily practice.