7 Truths about Meditation
Nearly all of my adult life I have had the hunch that I ‘should’ meditate and that it would be super helpful – but it took me YEARS before I would adopt a regular meditation practice. Looking back, I realize it was because I had a false perception of what meditation looked like and how to do it.
If you have the urge to try meditation but are not sure where to begin, my hope is that by sharing these 7 truths I have discovered about meditation you will be inspired to give it a try.
7 Truths about Meditation
The initial goal of meditation is not to clear your thoughts, it is to OBSERVE your thoughts. To sit with them and to watch them come and go without judgment or reaction. To become curious about what thoughts are consuming your mind and to notice themes or patterns.
Meditation can be done sitting alone in a quiet room with your eyes closed but it can also happen when walking, driving, in the shower, playing with your children, ANYWHERE. Mediation has everything to do with being in the present moment and observing what is happening right NOW. It may be helpful to try a moving meditation before trying a still one.
One of the goals of meditation is to reduce stress (and it can be a very effective tool for stress reduction) but it is not the only purpose. Yes, meditation can be relaxing, but truly what meditation allows for is stillness and presence, inviting clarity to come through, and an opportunity to get to know what your authentic voice and intuition sound like.
There are no rules for how long or how often to meditate. This is why it is called a practice. If you forget to meditate one day or only meditate for a few minutes there is no pressure or judgment. Be loving with your practice and try again later.
Meditation is simple, but not easy. The same way running is simple, but not easy. Running a marathon is simply one foot in front of the other – but it requires practice and conditioning to be fully ready to run long distance. Meditation is the same way.
Meditations can be guided or alone. Many people find guided meditations to be helpful when learning or when they are focused on working through a specific challenge. Think of your guide as your teacher but also remember to try lessons on your own when you are ready.
Even busy moms have time to meditate, but you will have to be intentional about it. Check out the Top 10 Meditation Tips for Busy Moms to see how it can work for you.
Meditation is the single most important tool I have for coping with the stressors of motherhood and adulting. Meditation has shown me new perspectives and allowed me to discover courage, purpose, patience, and joy. My hope for you is that by understanding what meditation TRULY is that it can work for you too.