Although I’ve been practicing meditation for many years, I have found myself being drawn to it more and more, especially in the past 6 months. When I start spiraling into negative thought patterns, I sit. I breathe. I notice. And things shift. It is not a magical solution that makes everything better, but rather it is a cumulative practice that makes me better in my responses to what is happening around me. It calms the negative thoughts and gives me focus which allows me to be more present in the here and now.
I often hear people say, “I am not good at meditation”. There is no right way to meditate. It is not about having a completely quiet mind. It is about taking time to simply watch the activities of the mind without engaging. It is a time to dive deep into the present moment and notice, to become aware of the mind and its tendency to move in multiple directions. The more we practice, the more we are able to detach from all the fluctuations of the mind so we can be with them, but not of them. And, just like anything, it takes practice. So, no matter how it shows up, keep it up. You’re doing a good job!