In Martha Beck's Steering by Starlight she has a meditation she recommends you do regularly. It's meant to help you envision the things you want in life, like fulfilling work, or to meet someone, or better health etc. And I've discovered she's posted an mp3 of it! So you can just play it and have a guided meditation. The narrator's a little computer-sounding, but I liked the music.
I've been trying to meditate this month. Sometimes it's just wee moments. For example, a minute of mindfulness when walking the dogs or eating something. Or if I suddenly feel a panic or worry about the future (mine, or that of the people I love) I lasso that worry in by a five minute meditation. I just close my eyes and focus on my breathing, and try to let the thoughts pass me by. And I tell myself: Everything about this moment in time is perfect. I lack nothing. There's no reason to panic, stop fretting, just be present.
It really works.
I'd always had the impression that one should meditate just to learn to calm down or whatever. And I thought, well it's probably a good idea... but I'll suck at it, bla bla bla, I don't know how. So I never made the time. Even when books I read on stress management, or time management, or procrastination all advised it.
It took learning that meditation actually changes your brain to get me on board. I love this idea that the meditation will not only help you in the moment, and the short term, but in the medium and long term. That it could potentially change my life. I guess I like the idea of having more input into how my brain develops than I realized!
And reading this idea that the right brain is all about living in the moment, forgetting your past, not worrying about the future--I love the idea that right there in my head, one entire half of my brain already possesses the power to do this. That that's its natural state, I'm just not well attuned. So then I could really see how meditation not only changes the brain, but helps us tap into our brainly resources.
And now all of Luke's Yoda training just makes total sense too. Okay, I'll leave it there! Bye!