The notes for this post have been in my phone for over two years because I wanted to share these tips, though this is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®.
Exercise. Healthier eating. Drinking more water. Getting more sleep.
These are all things that we know we need to do to live a healthier life.
But another thing we can try is meditation.
I know, I know, that sounds like it’s hard and maybe a little too far out there for the average person, but I’ve learned that it’s actually a lot easier than it sounds and you don’t have to be some sort of “enlightened” person to be able to do it.
A few years ago, I took a class called “How to Sit on Your A@% and Do Nothing,” which was a beginner’s guide to meditation. It’s where I learned that anyone can do it. I’ll share what I learned in that class.
I learned that you can ask questions about it or read books about meditation, but the bottom line is that you have to do it. Our instructor said that you don’t have to be “interested in that Buddah crap,” but that people tend to come to meditation when there is something they can no longer turn away from.
And also that meditation can suck at first, but it does work, you just have to sit down, shut up, and show up.
Meditation is not to stop your thoughts because the only way to stop your thoughts is to no longer be among the living. It’s more about letting your thoughts happen.
As you meditate, the volume of your thoughts will be turned down.
You might have heard that meditation is a dropping away of yourself, but instead, it’s about becoming more you. About making friends with yourself. Being fully you because the more you are you, the more people around you can be them, too.
It’s not about becoming less neurotic but becoming fully neurotic and letting yourself have a place to do it.
There’s no such thing as enlightenment, so don’t meditate trying to reach it. Instead, maintain your curiosity. Ask questions, don’t just whine. Allow your thoughts to come in. If you’re sad, welcome the sadness, figure out where it’s coming from. You aren’t meditating to become a happy bliss monkey. That’s crap. But there can be an ease in whatever you are feeling, even if it’s not shiny happy.
It’s b.s. that everything is going to be fine. Don’t lie to yourself. Yell the truth that not everything is great.
Don’t buy into everything being “love and light.” That will break your heart because it’s not reality.
Let everything come in because you’re only postponing emotion if you run away from it. Screwed-up-ed-ness is a part of us.
Let the earth support your body and sit as if your head is supporting the sky. Ignore control. Allow your thoughts to be and they’ll calm down. Let your thoughts wander(and for goodness sake, put down your smartphone and sit facing a wall so you won’t be distracted by what you see in the room).
Just a few minutes of day of meditation is a great step towards a healthy transformation.
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Have you ever tried meditation?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®.