I am convinced that I would benefit from the daily practice of meditation, in spite of the fact that I have never actually developed that daily practice.
Thousands of research papers, clinical studies, meditation teachers, and every day folk who merely practice meditation, talk about the myriad of benefits that can be experienced through meditation … such as:
- improved blood circulation
- less stress and anxiety
- stronger immune system
- clearer thinking
- more feelings of well-being
- better relationships
- greater peace and love in the soul
My challenge is that meditation requires that I sit still for 10 minutes … meaning, that I have to stop doing what I am doing, and go find a place to sit still for 10 minutes and focus on my breathing. Unfortunately, I feel that sitting still and “just being” for 10 minutes is a complete waste of time.
I have tried meditating in the past, but while I am sitting still trying to meditate, my mind fills with all kinds of things that I could be doing. In fact, a little while ago as I attempted once again to sit still for 10 minutes and meditate, my mind filled with various things I would like to say in this message about the benefits of meditation, so I stopped meditating to write these very words you are reading. It’s madness, I tell you.
There’s always one more (damn) thing to do.
So, I am going to try one more time to sit still for 10 minutes and meditate. I cannot sit cross-legged, yogi-style, on-the-floor, hero’s pose, or any other way that is suggested for optimal meditate-ability. So, I’ll just have to sit in a chair on my two butt points (or whatever they’re called), try to hang my spine (or something like that), sit with good posture (if that’s even possible), and focus on my breathing (though most days I don’t realize that I am actually breathing). I’m going to go meditate immediately after posting and sending this message.
If this kills me, please know that I was the exception to the preponderance of evidence in support of the benefits of daily meditation … and may I rest in peace.