My life is pretty chaotic. It’s the good kind of chaos, but chaotic nonetheless. A few monts ago I noticed that I’d been a little more stressed than usual and sharted this with a colleague. She suggested that I try meditating.
MEDITATE? I almost laughed out loud. Let’s be honest, I think my brain suffers from what I like to call “I can’t shut down syndrome”. I’d tried meditation before and it was an epic fail. I found myself picturing peaceful scenes only to be interrupted by my own random thoughts. I moved on to mantras that turned into thoughts ranging from what i was going to make for dinner to is it possible to count my eyelashes! Meditation was not for me, or so I believed.
I was aware of the research stating meditation increases positive coping skills, helps to learn to focus on the present, reduces negative emotions, and can be beneficial if you suffer from a medical condition worsened by stress. I was also very aware that in a time where I was dealing with a lot of stress and looking for ways to reduce my stress, meditation is free. I decided to give this meditation thing another try. After all, what did I have to lose? I’d previously found it to be incredibly frustrating, but it didn’t hurt.
I started with a little research this time and foundt there were several types of meditation including: guided, transcendental, mantra, mindfulness, Qi gong, Tai Chi, and yoga.
Guided meditation looked nice to me. It included the word “guide” which was clearly something I needed, so I decided to give it a try. I quickly realize there are guided mediation exercises everywhere. Technology is amazing! I downloaded a few and tried them out and found it to be quite fun. I found a few that were boring and put me to sleep and I found a few that were comical and I couldn’t meditate because I was laughing. Eventually I found a few that I liked and was soon off to meditation land.
I figured out the key to meditation was finding what worked for me. I thought I couldn’t meditate, but there is no such thing. If you’re interested in meditation find the method that best works for you and soon you will be off to meditation land too!
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Last reviewed: 17 Nov 2012