I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of meditating and have not been able to quite get the hang of it. Sitting still and quieting my mind for 20 minutes a day sounds simple but I have not been able to get there. My mind wanders I start thinking about my to do list and I’m constantly opening my eyes checking the clock. I figured I just wasn’t quite wired for it. Just like I’m not wired with the ability to dance.
A week ago I sat down to watch Wheel of Fortune, a favorite 30 minute guilty pleasure and as I flipped the channel I caught the beginning of the Dr. Oz show featuring Deepak Chopra. Now I did not watch the entire show but caught the part about how meditating for only 5 minutes a day would be beneficial. Five minutes? Now that’s the kind of meditation I can manage. (Click here for a demonstration on some meditation techniques by Deepak Chopra.)
So on Sunday night I get ready for bed and I settle into my mediation pose. The tricky part for me is to re-focus my thoughts so I just think of my breathing. In and out. In and out. When my to-do list dances across my mind I move it aside and go back to my breathing. I peek at the clock a few times and then my 5 minutes are done. I continue the practice the next night and on the third night I find that it’s easier to settle in to my breathing and not become distracted. I still peek at the clock because in my pea brain, a minute sometimes feels like an eternity, but I keep going back into my breathing.
The jury is still out on whether I’m calmer, more focused or less stressed, but I figure if it’s worked for Deepak, it can ultimately work for me.
Now go run!