Most of us are mentally about as far away from a monk as Republicans are from Democrats. But, everyone can agree we are all people. We’ve got to stop taking ourselves so seriously. With that, we’ve got to stop taking meditation so seriously. You don’t have to be looking for enlightenment. You could spend your meditation time envisioning a brand new Beamer and there’s nothing wrong with that.
2) Slow down, Sit up
We’re used to constantly being on the go. Sometimes it is difficult to slow down. At the beginning, some people are even prone to thinking meditation is a waste of time. That is because we are a society who values instant gratification over all else. However, if you slow down for long enough, you WILL see results. So, sit down and see where it takes you without fighting it.
3) One Way or No Way
Certain personality types love math because you can find absolute answers. Others, like myself, study philosophy because everything is subjective (and why would you want to earn money with an engineering degree?). Whether you’re Type A or B, there is no right or wrong way to meditate. It all depends on what you are looking for and what you enjoy. This is a good thing! Explore.
4) Your Little Secret
This goes along with what type of personality you have. There are a groups and meet ups you can choose to be a part of for any interest. Though we love to engage with like-minded people, if you want to try meditation in the comfort of your own home and never talk about it…guess what? You can. Tailor your own experience and your own personal growth. Share if you want. Otherwise, keep your like-happy finger off Facebook.
5) Hippe Joo-Joo BS
Not into personal growth? Cool. We aren’t exactly fans of the infamous “self-help” category either. Are you into your career? If so, check out this article by Entreprenuer.com. They know the importance of meditation; it’s not just for hippies anymore.
6) Monkey Mind
Since you’ve probably never spent a month at an ashram in India, your mind is likely to wonder during meditation. Truth be told, it happens to all of us. This is your chance to notice what thoughts come up and let them pass. Practice non-judgment and notice what thoughts creep around. It is what it is, right?
7) Daily, Weekly, Whatevs
We know you’re busy. Although we encourage a daily meditation practice, by no means do we think you should skip a costume party to squeeze in some zen time. The same way a short nap refreshes you, a short meditation reinvigorates your mind. But, you don’t have to do it every day if it’s not feasible. Sometimes living is an open-eyed meditation. And if propositioned with a with a good time (also known as a “margarita”), we always consider saying yes.
This is just what we think. What are some of the problems you’ve encountered while meditating? Were you able to overcome them?