The Key to Meditation for a Busy Mind
Updated: Jul 24
I can't meditate.
I can't quiet my mind
I don't have time to meditate
When you picture someone meditating most would imagine someone sitting in the lotus position, fingers lightly touching, with a neutral subtle smile.
What is going on in that persons mind?
What are they thinking?
Are they thinking??
What actually IS meditating?
I remember the first time I tried to meditate. I was about 19 and thought it would be easy. I just have to sit still and empty my mind. After 5 minutes I thought to myself "How could anyone simply just sit here for 30 minutes and not think?" There was no way my mind would stop throwing thoughts at me.
After a few days attempting and failing I threw meditation in the "that's not for me" basket.
Fast forward 12 years, a marriage and 2 kids later, I was in need of some help. My life started to fray at the ends and I joined a 4 week meditation course.
I arrived & chose a chair at the back of the room and began to listen about Buddhist meditation.
Then we proceeded to meditate by quietening thoughts and looking at one of three objects. A rose, a candle or a picture of a Buddhist.
Thoughts continued to bombard my awareness and eventually my eyes felt heavy as I fought the desire to close them.
Unfortunately I didn't win that battle and found myself falling asleep, hoping no one would notice my head nodding. I was grateful to finish the course but did not walk away with meditation skills.
A few months later I read a description of a different meditation group promising amazing things! This was a GUIDED meditation and I was willing to give it a go. I am so glad I did!
This method was competent different. I didn't have to fight my mind and try turn off my thoughts. In fact I had an incredible experience and felt energy move in my body for the very first time. The instructor was a great facilitator and even though the aim was not to quieten my thoughts I actually achieved a peaceful state of mind.
I was hooked.
It became my weekly self nurture and time out. It also taught me so much about myself and I began to be able to engage in the world from a better mental state.
You might say this was all pre-ordained because it prepared me for one of the biggest shocks of my life. That is a story for a different time but least to say I was able to manage deep anger, resentment, fear, rejection and grief in a much better way than 6 months prior.
Is to not fight what your brain naturally does - which is think, analyse, and process information. Our thoughts are very often about the past or the future, remembering, planning ahead, worrying, stressing.
Bringing your thoughts to the here and now is the first step. Being present & focusing your mind on what you can hear and sense in the very now moment. Once you slow down the flow of thoughts about past and future, guided meditation takes the lead by giving your mind something to focus on through imagination.
Your imagination is a powerful tool that most adults would write off as childish. But when you invite your mind to participate in the meditation process you are able to create cohesion with mind and body.
This cohesion is a doorway to a feeling of peace and contentment.
This is what meditation is.
It's a feeling.
Once you get used to finding this sensation of contentment, it begins to catalyse some incredible physiological changes in your brain and body inducing more optimal health & vitality.
There is also the option of opening into the spiritual elements of meditation, extending the cohesion to mind, body and spirit, although this is not required to gain from the very long list of benefits.
Ready to start?
There are lots of meditation and mindfulness tools available. You don't even have to do it for long.
Even 5 minutes is a great start to begin with. Before too long you will be able to meditate for 30 minutes and you'll think the time went quickly!
And once your done you will actually feel more equipped to tackle the daily grind and the complexity of life we have.
Schedule in your meditation time - 5 minutes a day for 1 week. See how you go!
Find a guided meditation resource to help keep you mind in flow with your goal of finding peace and contentment through meditation.
Meditation can be easy if you find the right style for you.
It's a simple solution to a complex variety of problems and it's never too late to start!
And because we know just how busy life is; Zero Point Projects is bringing guided meditation into workplaces in a way that is corporate friendly, practical and effective. We encourage businesses to make it an ongoing part of their staff wellness plan and revolutionise how mental health can be nurtured in the workplace.
If your're in Perth, you are lucky to be able to access our MindFlow corporate wellness program. Find out more here: www.zeropointproject/com.au/mindflow