Article by: Luke Moore
It’s a warm Monday morning. I bounced out of bed, rushed to make breakfast, got ready and headed out to start my day. On the way to the coffee shop where I am working, I noticed myself getting easily frustrated with the smallest things. Someone cut me off, the next car wouldn’t let me over. When the light turns green, the cars in front of me didn’t take off as quickly as I would have liked.
I chatted with a supportive friend about these issues and when he suggested I take time to meditate, a lightbulb went off. I did not include meditation in my morning’s routine, and my day was off as a result.
Meditation is time for myself to connect with some thoughts or ideas concerning the day ahead of me. Even though I skipped it earlier today, I was still able to practice meditation right here in public!
First, start small. As much as I would like to be able to focus for a long period of time, it just isn’t practical. Three to five minutes is generally a manageable time to start with. Focus on sounds and lights in the area. What sounds are pleasant? What sounds are annoying? Accept both as equal parts of life.
Next, be your own boss! Meditation is about connecting to the inner-self and your higher power (if you have one). There is no concrete rule saying that God is only present when sitting in a quiet room with legs crossed and incense burning. Go for a meditation walk or take a few breaths in a noisy crowd. You can find your inner being and God anywhere!
Finally, take care of yourself, meditation is about showing compassion to you! If your attention drifts from one thing to another, let it! As a perfectionist, I give myself a hard time when I’m not the best at something. Meditation gives me the opportunity to accept myself and my abilities just as they are.
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