You’ve probably also read all those articles that talk about how we would benefit from meditating. Heck, I’ve even felt how keeping up with a meditation practice had a positive impact on my mood and energy levels. When I could stick with it.
But honestly, at the moment I’m struggling. Struggling to get back into meditating. Struggling to take even 5 minutes to just sit still with no computer, no iphone, no podcast…
Have you heard that Einstein quote that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result equals insanity?
Well, what I’ve been trying lately doesn’t seem to be working so it’s about time to try something new. And this time I’m cheating my way into my meditation practice.
I say that tongue-in-cheek, of course, and here’s what I mean.
First of all I’m re-defining what I would consider a meditation practice at this moment in time. To me it doesn’t have to be a minimum of 30 minutes sitting cross-legged thinking of absolutely nothing.
What I want to get out of it is to quiet my mind. I don’t have to go into deep meditation to achieve that. At this moment in time I would be thrilled just to simply sit in silence for any length of time. Trying to relax. Trying to not get caught up in my thoughts. But being ok with what is.
I find it helpful to anchor a new habit to something that I’m already doing. That way it’s easy to remember to do that new thing.
For getting back into meditation practice I thought about what actions I found joyful throughout a day that I could anchor it to.
Something that has always brought me joy is a cup of hot tea. Especially a cup of cream peach black organic tea. It’s a flavor I just recently found and it immediately became a favorite.
So I decided to anchor my new meditation practice to having a cup of my favorite tea. I would brew it just the way I like it, sit down on the couch and watch the trees and blue sky outside. Simply just relax and sip on my tea. Once the tea is finished I’m usually finished with my relaxation as well.
On the very first day I realized I need to have a piece of paper and pen next to me because I undoubtedly will remember things I want to / ought to / have to do. And the only way to fight that feeling – besides getting up and just getting it done – is to write it down so I can take care of it after I’m done.
Once I’m into the habit, i.e. when I’m actually doing this regularly and it feels like a normal part of my day, I’ll work on moving towards a ”real” meditation practice. But that is for a future concern. Now I’m off to brew that cup of tea and watch the sunset…