I know the benefits of meditation.
I really do.
So why don’t I practice this more? Why do I find other things to do instead?
It is both simple and complicated. The simple answer is that sitting still too long hurts. My feet go numb and start to turn blue (Raynauds). My body begins to ache (fibromyalgia).
Of course, there are endless forms of meditation, which I do practice quite regularly. Standing next to a Tree and just feeling the vibration of energy is a lovely way to become mindful and soft. Some Trees, however, put off so much energy that it takes a few moments to adjust into that. Painting Mandalas. Brushing my beautiful Dog. Watching the sway of flowers in the breeze.
Many people are put off by the idea they must sit quiet in a position that may not be comfortable and then … what? What is going to happen? What is supposed to happen? I must not be doing it right because I don’t feel enlightened yet. And then the busy-mind kicks in on what has to be done after this forced quiet-sitting and it is no longer quiet. It is loud with the long list of things that still must get done. And there goes the intention to meditate.
Meditation can be for a few minutes to hours. There is no need to dive into the overwhelming and time consuming meditation that demands you sit. Make it a part of your life in many varieties.
Walking meditation. Be aware of your steps and how you connect with the ground. Imagine your feet are kissing the Earth … does that cause any changes within you?
Eating meditation. Consider how many people were involved in producing what you are about to consume. Did you get your food from a Farmer, and can you still feel the Earth-energy from it? Did it come from a factory? Can you imagine or feel the difference? Did it travel far? What might the effects of that be? What does it feel like in your mouth? Texture and taste and scent. And always … Gratitude. Gratitude for the people involved creating your food.
Breathing meditation. There are endless varieties of this practice. Explore! Notice your body and your feelings.
Listen to the whispers and songs of Nature. Observe. Marvel. Realize that this is our Home.
The benefits to meditation are being studied. Very likely, more and more will be revealed. Meanwhile, this is an interesting article:
Study of Meditation
Be the Change.
Be Love <3