Meditate Your Way The Best Holiday Ever!
You have too much to do, too many people to see, and your budget is tight during the holidays. All of these worries have the potential to deprive you of any joy. Don’t let it happen. Mediation offers many rewards. Click here to read my earlier post about the benefits of meditation. Meditation is powerful. Recently, one of San Francisco’s toughest schools was transformed by meditation. Click here to read about it. Meditation can change your brain. A recent Harvard MRI study proved that meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s gray matter in 8 weeks!
The most beneficial result of regular meditation, especially during stressful busy times, is that it can help you to enjoy the present moment, your family and friends and all the beautiful things about this season. [Click to Tweet] This means that no matter how busy you are, how much you have to do, or how worried you are about your bank account, you will be able to see some joy in almost every moment this holiday season.
Have you tried to meditate and just didn’t feel like you were doing it “right?” Or, did you mentally run through your to-do list or think about your aching back, or the argument you just had with your spouse/kids? I am analytical by nature and by training (as a lawyer) so I know how hard it is to quiet the mind and live in the present. It was easy for me, in the beginning, to get frustrated. I attended meditation seminars, read books, listen to guided meditation and meditated at least 6 times per week and still I felt like I was fighting with my brain to just “be quiet.” In my earlier blog, I referenced Dr. Joe Dispenza, the doctor who trained me to meditate. Dr. Dispenza teaches a concept that changed the way I thought about “learning” to meditate. What follows is not exactly the way Dr. Joe teaches it. It is how I took his concept to help me in my meditation. So here it is:
This is the meditation tree. This is not an official name but just a way for you to remember the concept you are about to learn. The roots are your anchor. No matter “where” you go during your meditation, they will hold you firmly in place so you are not nervous or afraid. The trunk is your body. The branches are the various dimensions of your self, your life and personality that you need to “get past” during your mediation so that you can live in the present unburdened by all that “stuff.” The more you are able to do this, the faster you will be able to do it. Faster is better because when you are in that stressful situation, you can draw upon your training quickly to react by appreciating the situation, and not letting it drag you down.
Some of the branches that are in the tree ready to keep you trapped are:
- Your Past
- Your Future
- The Environment
- Your Body
At the center of the tree is your true self and it is absent of these thoughts. This is the place every meditator wants to reach because there, you are free, joyful, limitless and living in the present.
All of the above is background for the value I found in this concept. Here it is – learning to meditate is a process! Some days you go back and forth in the outer branches never getting deep in the brush. Other days, you dive down deep, only to pop out really quickly. Some days you fall down deep and pop back up over and over. Then —- there are the days when you fall deep into the tree and hang out for a while. The more you meditate, the easier it is to “drop in” and stay there. And, as I mentioned above, the more you practice, the more you will be able to draw upon this skill when you need it to help you live and love in the present moment.
So, you see, there is no competition. There is no right way or wrong way to meditate. [Click to Tweet] As long as you are hanging out in the branches, you are accomplishing something. Recently, I saw this graphic on Facebook and I think it sums up what regular meditation will enable you to do.
So, close your eyes for a time each day and swing through the branches. The result: enjoying every minute of your holidays and beyond!
Have you tried meditating? What was your biggest challenge?
December 6, 2015
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