Meditation is about introspection and self-reflection so stop trying to clear your mind all the time.
I must first preface by saying that meditation and yoga are natural practices that I believe we all need more of in our lives. Seriously. Do you know the amazing results that can happen if you took just 10 minutes out of your day to just sit still and breathe?
I know that seems so silly but honestly, when was the last time you remembered to breathe? Sure, breathing comes natural. But most of the time, we aren’t actually getting the right oxygen we need to operate at the higher levels we all so desperately desire to achieve.
But you probably already knew the importance of breathing exercises.
It’s Not About Clearing Your Mind So Stop Trying
One of the biggest misconceptions about meditation is that you have to clear your mind.
I honestly don’t think any human being that has faced enough years of life, full of awkward situations, or has enjoyed a favorite movie can sit still long enough and literally thing about nothing. I mean, have you ever had your brain shut off before? There are only a handful of situations that has led to people completely being shut off from their thoughts. But every day life? Nearly impossible.
Why do I say this?
Well, because anyone that I have ever talked to about meditation who has had the problem of shutting off their thoughts never fully understood the point of meditation practices.
I know I didn’t when I first started.
So many people think it’s about clearing your mind of thoughts. But having to focus on not thinking? Aren’t you thinking in those moments of trying not to think?
Big waste of my time and energy to focus on something as unproductive as thinking about not thinking.
No, meditation isn’t about clearing your mind, rather, CALMING your mind. There is a HUGE difference. I know when I first started, I was always so frustrated. Like, literally struggled with FOMO because I couldn’t just not sit criss cross and not think. Y’all, if you know me personally or have spent some time following me online, I can’t shut my brain off. I’m constantly thinking about 100 billion things all at once.
Do you even want to know the first thing that hit my mind while typing that? Hillsong.
Am I writing about Hillsong? Well, I guess I am now in this moment but that was not my intention. See? I am easily distracted by my own thoughts and I’m literally talking to myself here about a hypothesized conversation with you. How crazy is that?
And you know what? I know you are no different.
I know it’s hard for you to shut your brain off. But that is okay! You don’t need to in order to have a good meditation sesh.
Meditation Is About Calming Your Mind
You may not be able to clear your mind. And that’s okay. But what you can do is calm your mind.
See, meditation isn’t about not thinking. It’s actually about allowing yourself time to think.
Think of it this way. Your mind is like a waterfall, full of constant ebb and flow of thoughts. That’s natural progression. And you want to know what you do with those thoughts? You let them be.
I know, I know. But hear me out. During meditation, when a thought comes up it is actually counterproductive to grasp it and stop the thought from happening. You are actually spending way too much time trying to stop the inevitable. Instead, try allowing the thought to happen. Allow yourself to think those thoughts. Let them come in and then let them go.
It really is that easy. True meditation is about allowing thoughts to happen. It’s about allowing yourself the freedom to sit and literally meditate on your thoughts as they come in.
Sound crazy? Well, I’ve got a book to back me up on this.
Seriously. I HIGHLY recommend reading Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This author changed the game for me and how I view meditation. I used to believe that I could never enter meditation and that I would never be able to feel closer to God while in a meditative state because I could never be able to clear my mind.
But all of his analogies and metaphors has seriously helped shaped the way I understand mediation. And I hope by me sharing this post and sharing this book with you guys, that you will be able to find clarity in your mediation practices
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