I can’t tell you how to meditate, but I do.
I sit quietly, focusing on the abstract,
Breathing in measured breaths,
Until I calm the storm between my ears.
Only then can I move beyond stress and fear,
To the quiet reflective waters of inner peace.
Then my ass starts hurting and I know it’s time to stop.
© June 2014 James Cressler
Meditation is like playing baseball. The more you play the better you are at it.
Many people think they cannot meditate when they actually can. Think of it as reverse worrying.
Everyone worries, sometimes to the point of obsession, about bills, family, health, traffic, employment, the list could go on endlessly.
Instead of thinking about a future problem or stressful event, when meditating we pick something from our past that's positive, that's fruitful and happy. Then focus on that and allow your mind to drift along those happy times.
For instance: a good meditation starting moment might be when your child was born and track your memories as they grew up and end the meditation with their first day of school.
One of my favorites starts with me going to the hospital. I meditate on the long protracted healing period and those early weeks back home. It always leaves me with a spirit of gratitude, for without those miraculous days I'd be dead today. I truly live on borrowed time!
So, try it. And don't quit if you're not successful the first few times. After all, practice makes perfect.