My wonderful yoga teacher said this thing that really resonated. My wee class was in the middle of holding a long pose. The yin part of our session.
“Don’t worry about the 50 times your mind wanders. Celebrate the 50 times it comes back.” – Lindsey Benn
I know. I know. Such a simple thing, really.
But it really struck a chord with me, so I thought I’d share it with you.
Sometimes the simple things stick.
Because, in that weird way the universe works, most of my clients tell me they struggle with meditation. They can’t stop thinking.
And, as a result, they stop trying to meditate. Because they think they can’t do it.
I have the same challenge with over-thinking stuff in my life.
It’s taken me an awfully long time to realise that this is the whole point of a meditation practice; to work towards calming that monkey mind.
Not to mention the reason it is actually called a practice!
Which I may have mentioned in my post on why you should meditate.
Nobody starts out an expert at meditating.
And nobody ever becomes such an expert at meditation that they can stop practicing.
It is in the act of meditating that we experience the benefit.
We meditate to increase self awareness and to live more consciously. We meditate to become calmer and more grounded in the present.