1. We were talking about meditation in our discussion group today – and the change from ‘mindlessness’ to ‘mindfulness’ – and the importance of disconnecting from the frenzy of life in our busy and stressful world. I think meditation (or “being still” as I like to call it) has become so much more important as a way of dealing with the constant noise of the world around us. I need to get better at it!

    • I like that term, Leanne: being still. That’s what it is really all about. Quieting the noise in our minds and our lives and just being mindful…consciously aware…for even a brief time. It’s a learning process, but one that is well worth the while.

      • Being still is a great term!! I might be more successful at being still than I have been at meditating. Glad for these myth busters around meditation because I simply CANNOT turn off my mind successfully. Not even in my sleep. Had given up on trying to meditate. But it is such a calming, refocusing, restorative practice. Going to give it another go.

        • I’m glad you are giving it another shot, Leslie. Thinking of it as being still rather than “meditating” may help. Whatever you call it, the key is being mindful and nonjudgmental.

  2. Hi Christie, Interesting how you bring up this topic. I have ‘attempted’ meditation over the years. I enjoyed it as part of a yoga practice and then the term “walking meditation.” People I greatly respect have turned me onto guided meditation apps. They vary significantly. I have found some I like. Your words ‘awareness…learning to sit with attention to all of your feelings and sensations’ partially resonates with me….the ‘awareness’ part. I have been using the guided sleep meditations at least once a day the past month. Thank you for sharing an interesting post!

    • Hello Erica. I also enjoy meditation as an element of yoga…tending to the mind and body. I use the Simple Habit app periodically. It’s a mixed bag. I love some of the sessions, others not as much. I really love meditating with a group, like in sangha, but I haven’t done that in a while.

  3. Hi, Christie – I’m one of those people who finds traditional meditiation difficult. Like Erica, I do walking meditations, and include many principles of meditation in my daily yoga practice. Thank you for your myth busting. That was very helpful.

    • Hello Donna. Walking in nature can certainly be meditative, if you are in tune with yourself and your surroundings. Throw in an incline, and you can’t help but focus on your breathing. 😁 For me, being attentive is the key. I also love combining meditation and yoga. Good for the body and soul.

  4. I go through phases with meditation. For a few years I’ll have a daily practice, then I just stop. I’ve never put my finger on why I stop, but I do. Then a few years later I’m back at it. I figure that must be my way, so I go with it. Right now I’m in a meditation time out. Perhaps this post will give me the nudge I need to do it again.

    • That is interesting, Ally. From what I know of you (which admittedly isn’t a lot), you seem like a mindful person, someone who is quite in tune with yourself and your surroundings. Perhaps you have a fair amount of “meditation” in your daily life. Of course, there is something to be said for setting aside some time each day specifically for that purpose. Whatever you decide, namaste.

  5. Cindy

    What caught my attention in this post was when you said meditation is to help you not have monkey mind or repetitive thoughts. I often do these things and sometimes find it frustrating. I guess I’ll give it another try with this in mind.

    • I hope you will try again, Cindy, with the idea that there is no “wrong” way to meditate. Your mind will wander, just keep bringing it back to your breathing–hopefully without judgment. It does help to count breaths or repeat a phrase. That won’t stop your mind from wandering at all, but it gives you something to focus on. Let me know how it goes.

  6. I clicked back to your Beginner suggestions. I sit still for 5-10 minutes every morning after my yoga and love the idea of the “may you be well” meditation. It feels like it will be a heartwarming way to think about each person I love and to send good vibes out to them. Thanks for the suggestion–and the reminders about how meditation can sustain us and how we, through our practice, can sustain those we love.

    • I love that: meditation can sustain us and we, through our practice, can sustain those we love. I’ve always looked at my time on the mat as not just a gift to myself, but a gift to those who I interact with. It makes me a better person to be with. Once you’ve tried the loving kindness meditation, I’d love to hear about your experience.

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