Have you taken time to do nothing absolutely nothing at all. It is much harder than you would imagine. My recent experience in restorative and meditation class at the studio had me “woke” . As a child growing up in a village I spent a lot of time doing nothing because of various reasons (which I shall not bore you all with) however over the years I have had my mind taken over by so many things that I have forgotten the art of spending time doing nothing.
During the session Kristen explained the process so beautifully, not verbatim however this is how I understood it. Imagine yourself surrounded by dark thunderstorms, thunderstorms being your thoughts, close your eyes, you rise above the dark clouds and witness the dark clouds observe them and let them pass. That was so beautifully explained, because you are so much more than your worries, your struggles, for that matter even your happiness, these are things that happen to you but how you receive them is where mindfulness lies.
I can honestly say that the hardest was to settle down for 3 minutes, while we were being led through our meditation. I was astounded by how hard it is to NOT run away with your thoughts. I came out feeling happy from that class. If you “think” about it, our beautiful mind is the most significant part of our body. We depend on it to make us our best, to be creative. We experience moments, be kind and thoughtful, it makes us focused and spontaneous. We spend so much time and wealth on our clothes, make up, hair, cars but when it comes to our mind we do not give it a “thought”.
In our society we have grown to be so distracted, we are no longer present in the moment and we miss out on life. We are continuously lost in thought and living our lives on autopilot. According to a study conducted by Harvard university we are lost in thought 47% of the time, which means that for half of our life we are not in the present moment, we are either lost in the past or future. Have you noticed that a simple thought of being fearful brings on the feelings of fear and then we conjure up scenarios of that fearful interaction, we get anxious about being anxious and it becomes an endless cycle.
How do we become mindful and practice mediation, it is about stepping back giving yourself 5 to 10 minutes a day, see your thoughts with a clear relaxed focused mind. Start with a minute or two by just focusing on your breath, no fancy seats required, you can do it in your car, while you are waiting or drinking your coffee. Try it, remember you can’t change everything that happens to you but you can change the way you experience it AND that is the potential of meditation and mindfulness.