The Gifts Of Zen Meditation
Posted on December 3, 2022
I’m here to challenge you…and trust me…I never said any of this was going to be easy.
And I think it’s about time that we step things up a notch.
So here’s my challenge to you.
I want you to take up a meditation practice.
And before you go, “Oh come on really?!” I want you to hear me out.
So lend me your ears for a minute (not literally – Robin Hood Men In Tights fans know that reference – and if you don’t go look it up on YouTube).
Let’s just call this a “sitting practice.”
I’m asking you to find a place every single day, for 10 minutes (set your timer), cross your legs, close your eyes, and focus on your breath.
No guided meditations, no ohms, no sound, nothing.
Sit there. Quietly…and just…breathe.
Now here’s what I’m up to.
You’re not gain anything from doing this practice, but you’ll experience something else entirely.
You’ll experience “the falling away of things.”
Anxiety, fear, doubts, worry…they all start to fall away.
As you slow down and focus on your breath, the most present thing you have, you will start to discover a great deal about your mind, your body, and your soul.
You will notice how much your mind “runs.”
If thoughts and emotions come in and distract you, don’t get mad at yourself, simply come back to your breath.
If you get all wrapped up in something or your inner critic is going off… just come back to your breath.
And that’s what this is all about – constantly coming back.
Over a 10 minute meditation, you can literally come back hundreds of times.
But that’s actually the point…you keep coming back to this moment.
This will begin to train your mind to always be present.
So many issues are created when we are not present and always living in the two places we can’t actually live – the past and the future.
So give this a shot.
And like with any practice we engage in, we all find ourselves falling in and out of it.
We miss a day or two…or three.
But hey, you know exactly what to do.
Come back to it.
Action Steps For Today
Intention: To shift your relationship with thoughts and emotions and to develop a sense of belongingness and grounding
Practice: Meditation or “Sitting Practice”
For 10 minutes a day, every day, take time to find a quiet place to sit, close your eyes, and simply focus on your breath. Naturally, thoughts and emotions will arise and your mind well get distracted – let it – and come back to focusing on your breath. Do not seek to get anything out of the experience, but rather to let the experience be “it” in of itself.