Lately I dive into the day without meditating. Upon waking, I take care of a few tasks, turn on the laptop, check notifications, confirm my schedule, and check the news. With my world swirling in my mind, I sit down and clear my thoughts.
Call it my own private little power meditation.
While referring to his recent study at the University of Washington, David Levy said, “Meditation is a lot like doing reps at a gym. It strengthens your attention muscle.”
The ability to push your thoughts away gets stronger the more you practice. As you use different techniques, the ability to clear your mind grows. I’ve been stepping up the mind exercise and increasing my strength by taking the time to stop during the day and meditate when I have a lot on my mind.
People can go on meditation retreats then be unable to transfer their newfound peace to daily life so we know this is a difficult task.
In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle writes about the challenge of being able to stay conscious in everyday life in those moments when something goes “wrong”.
Only the way in which you deal with them will show you and others where you are at as far as your state of consciousness is concerned, not how long you can sit with your eyes closed or what visions you see.
We each find our own ways to deal with all of our moments but meditation has been proven to help. I’m seeking ways to expand my practice.