Meditation can seem really daunting, can’t it? As someone who is constantly thinking, creating, getting ideas and helping solve issues (technical and physical), it can be pretty hard to turn my brain off.
I hear things like this a lot from people who have tried meditating, such as “I can’t stop thinking,” “something random always pops up and distracts me,” “I just get bored,” or “it makes me want to fall asleep.”
But instead of sitting down and trying to do your best to not think, what if you tried to just NOTICE your thoughts, instead?
For example, we can spend the entire 5-20 minutes sitting and criticizing ourselves for thinking this, and drifting off into that… or we can sit, breathe, practice noticing every thought that arises, and choose to let it go.
I personally find the mindfulness aspect of meditation to be very powerful. We can become more mindful of when we’re thinking; like an outsider looking into our minds, rather than being the one caught up in it.
- When you’re at the grocery store and something annoys you and you want to get upset, notice your thoughts, realize they’re not benefiting you, and let them go.
- When your spouse or children or roommate is upsetting you, you could lash out, or you could notice your thoughts, realize they’re not benefiting the situation, and let them go.⠀⠀⠀
- When you catch yourself in a self-limiting spiral of ‘not good enough,’ you can notice your thoughts, realize they’re not benefiting you, and let them go.
So it’s not to NOT think… it’s to NOTICE WHAT you’re thinking.
Is it simple? Yes. Is it easy? No. But the results you will see across all areas of your life will be worth it. Try it, and let me know how it goes.
And of course, send me a message if you have any questions! I’m always happy to help or simply chat!