I used to think meditation was difficult. When attempting it, I was often distracted and felt as if I never achieved a 'successful' meditation. It discouraged me from being loyal to the practice.
Through reading and practicing, I've discovered that if I find the time to sit still for a time and am aware of my monkey mind then I am meditating. If I remember to gently call my wayward focus back to my breath when it strays then I am achieving what I set out to experience in meditation.
Meditation doesn't have to be perfect.
All it takes is this:
- Blocking a period of time out; anywhere from ten minutes to forty five or more
- Sitting still in a comfortable position with something to gaze at like a candle, a horizon, or an icon of your choice
- Disposing of distractions either by removing them or blocking them from yourself ie. turn phone to vibrate
- Setting a timer to allow for a stress free sitting and not one wondering "is it ten minutes yet?"
- Relaxing and becoming aware of your breath, your body, your surroundings and your senses while allowing your mind to 'do it's thing'
- Gently pulling your thoughts back to dissolve into pure awareness, stillness and consciousness as many times as you need to
I'll keep you posted.