So often we hear from our community the questions or statements that bring on the self-doubt around their meditation practice. How can I tell I am developing my meditation practice? I don’t think I know if I am doing it right. I can’t get my mind quiet. Thought we would share 7 of the most commonly asked questions.
Q: How can I tell I am developing in my meditation practice?
The doorway of saying yes to this great tool usually comes with some inspo from the science or someone you know has said ‘you should try it’. After a short while of engaging in the practice you start to notice subtle differences in how you respond to life. A little less likely to snap at your partner for looking at you wrong or yell at a stranger in the traffic. THIS IS PROGRESS.
How you experience your life will be the incentive to continue your practice. You watch, stop for a week or so and you will notice the small shifts. Give yourself the pat on the back you deserve, less irritability, more ease, stopping yourself in a thought pattern, these things make up your developed practice. These are your wins.
Q: Do I have to make my mind blank in meditation?
Good luck with that one. Your mind is going to think that is the gift of the mind, but what rises in meditation is the attention to those thoughts are no longer your focus. There will be words, sentences and stories, but as soon as you see yourself put a few words together you acquire the skill to look away and watch them float on by. This allows more space between the words, in turn, more space and ease in life.
Q: If a fly is buzzing and annoying me, can a push it away?
You don’t have to be a rock on a mountain and absolutely still. Instead of reacting to the fly, watch your reaction, then choose, maybe you won’t need to shoo the fly away or maybe you will, just do it with all of your awareness.
Q: What about lying down?
Lying down is not recommended, not because you need to look like a yogi, but the tendency to fall asleep is what happens in the lying position. Sitting up does not trigger the sleep pattern. If you can lie down and not fall asleep, go right ahead.
Q: What if I do fall asleep during the meditation?
Sleeping is not a bad thing, but that isn’t the practice you want to be encouraging. No worries if you do, but if it becomes a pattern, stand up for a while and meditate.
Q: Can children meditate?
This tool is for everyone, children are the best at diving into a meditative state, it seems they don’t have as much conditioning and patterns of thought that they attach to. A person who starts meditation from a young age can really bring that presence into life. Our inner technology is true genius, touching base with it more often allows it to be experienced.
Q. What should I do about the restlessness or discomfort I experience while meditating?
You are not alone, this is very normal, the agitation you are feeling is exactly what you are there to do. Believe it or not, this is one of its gifts. Day to day living can wire your body up like a coil, beginning to sit in that coil with awareness allows it to unravel. This allows your body to operate without the wired nervous frenzied energy that is encapsulated within the body. Accepting the restlessness and discomfort allows it to move on.
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