Often a new meditator will get frustrated with the busy mind and with so many different types of meditation around, it can be hard to know what to ‘do’. The thing is, as frustrating as that mind can be. Jumping on every noise and distraction, listing all the things you could be doing right now instead of seeking inner peace and even rehashing the things said or left unsaid, it is in actual fact doing the EXACT thing you are seeking for it…. even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.
Yes, sometimes in meditation you reach a wonderful, thoughtless and peaceful state. But sometimes your mind needs to bring up all that s#@*^ in order for it to relax, and eventually release those wonderfully calming happy hormones (like serotonin).
So my advice?
Stick with it.
In fact embrace that busy mind.
Go so far as to thank it.
I often have a wonderful ‘conversation’ with my mind as it throws up things during meditation and I have gotten really good at redirecting it. So the next time you find yourself sitting in a puddle of your own thought give this a go… Say to it “Thank you mind. I’m glad you showed me that, now show me something wonderful.” You might have to redirect the mind a few times but it will soon get the hang of it. 🙂
In January, you can join me for 11 Days of Meditation. A free series for you to practice your practice of meditation in the comfort of your own home. You can meditate with me each night or save the video for a more convenient time. Join in here…