“Focus on the gap between the thoughts.” – Deepak Chopra
“If you say, ‘I don’t have time to meditate,’ I respond, ‘Do you have time to feel like crap?’” – Gabrielle Bernstein
I had my best medition yet this morning after teaching yoga! I stayed in the studio a little after class and practiced on my own, then meditated for about fifteen minutes and just let my mind go. Honestly, I never thought I could get ‘there’ (wherever that is), that meditative space where your mind is clear, and honestly it takes awhile so be patient with yourself.
I just started meditating this summer through my yoga teacher training, but now I’ve made it part of my daily routine. The best times to meditate are when you first wake up & in the evening sometime. I’ve tried to make my mantra, ‘You’re never fully dressed without meditating.’ I figure if I have made washing my face and brushing my teeth something I do every morning before I leave, even if I don’t feel like it, I can add one more thing that is essential: meditation.
Even if it feels a bit funny at first or like you are just pretending, stick with it. And remember this Kurt Vonnegut quote, “We are what we pretend to be, so be careful what you pretend to be.” Fake it ’til you make it…”fake meditate” until you are actually meditating…(is there even really a difference?)…that’s how I learned.
Try this guided meditation from Deepak Chopra. I absolutely love his voice and accent! I could listen to him all day & fall asleep (good thing he’s not a math teacher). Give it a try and let me know how you do in the comments below. I’d love for us all to talk about our experience with meditation.