I had a conversation with one of our yoga instructors last night about meditation and the different forms that it takes. It made me realize that, sometimes, we really do overcomplicate it. I have tried, what I believed to be, ‘true meditation’ so many times that I couldn’t count, and I resigned to the fact that I suck at it. But do I, or, was that style of meditation just not for me?
I have downloaded multiple apps where some peaceful sounding gentleman talks you through a practice, reminding you to let go of your thoughts and focus on your breathing. For me, this usually works for a solid 10 seconds before the hamster wheel starts turning again…..at max speed. It’s not that my mind races with negative thoughts, in fact, quite often it’s the opposite, but I have an overactive mind and IT NEVER STOPS……. apart from when I CrossFit.
When I CrossFit, I think of nothing else. I think of movement, how my body feels, how heavy my breathing is or how many more reps I have left. I am 100% invested in that particular workout and so maybe this is my form of meditation. I love that for one whole hour my mind is focused on the task at hand and not racing with thoughts and ideas. Isn’t this, after all, the idea behind meditation?
My good friend Wikipedia says this about meditation:
“Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.”
When looking at meditation as in this simple definition, it doesn’t seem so hard. Find something, ANYTHING, that you enjoy, engages your mind and takes your focus away from the hustle of everyday life. Breathe and be fully immersed in whatever it is you have chosen to do for you, even if it is only for a few moments each day.