I believe that health is something you can always improve and learn something new about so I tend to read a lot of wellness articles. The trend right now that every health magazine, show, and blog is claiming as the key to a healthy lifestyle is meditation.
I’ve done yoga for years now and meditation is a big part of it. The truth is, I couldn’t do it. I would lay on my mat trying so hard to clear my mind, searching for that inner peace everyone talks about only to find nothing. If anything, it just worked to make me incredibly frustrated.
I would go home, sit on my bed and try to meditate at night. Nothing.
There’s nothing more infuriating than ending a practice with meditation if you can’t actually meditate. No matter how good your workout is, you leave feeling frustrated and with a racing mind. So, in a desperate attempt to finally ‘get it’, I decided I would stop trying to clear my mind. Instead, I would focus on one thing: a project at work, a book I’m reading, school, blogging, anything. Then, I would push everything out of my head and focus on that one subject. Anywhere my mind wandered, I’d let it.
You know what I found, not only is it much more relaxing than trying to clear your mind, failing and then wanting to throw your mat across the room and stomp out in a rage (can you imagine a yoga class ending like that?) but it’s also when I’m at my most creative. Some days are better than others but it’s much more productive and I think, no matter who you are or what you do, there should never be a shortage of creativity in a person’s life.
If you’re like me and just can’t meditate, give this a try! Slow your breath and practice focusing your mind and then let it wander.
If you can meditate, tell me your secret! I would love to know!