Skinny Dipping, Polar Bears, & Debunking Common Myths of Meditation
Updated: Mar 31, 2020
DISCLAIMER: Recommendations to find a Yogi, wear Spandex, or claim your membership for Hot Yoga are not part of this story. However we do include skinny dipping, polar bears, oh and one more thing:
...How to finally and easily practice Daily Meditation!
Yes, this is a story about the simple practice of meditation.
But, therein lies the issue…
First: meditation has a HUGE “image” problem. Which we will poke fun at today.
Second: If you're like me, you've probably tried meditation many times before. Actually make that many many times before, with this unfortunate reality:
"I was no good at meditating."
I'd close my eyes waiting for a euphoric experience to kick in, waiting for answers, waiting for something that just never happened...
So, I'd try again. And still, no luck. Meditation for whatever reason just didn't 'take' for me.
I felt no different after. I couldn't get inside the experience.
If anything, laying still, I started to wonder if instead I was turning into a zombie?
So, I took a long pause from meditation, promising one day, to try again. But only if I could find an approach that worked.
I knew eventually I'd have to give it another try. After all, when it comes to the practice of regular meditation, scientific evidence keeps pointing to these hard facts:
Meditation helps improve your sleep.
Meditation provides a greater sense of inner peace.
Meditation reduces stress and anxiety.
Meditation slows and potentially even reverses the aging process.
Now, for those who have never meditated before and think it's just for hippies, new age whatever-you-call-thems, or people who like to grow out their beards and move to remote mountain tops like this guy…
A few questions for you, those who have yet to try meditating:
1. Could you use a better nights sleep?
2. Do you have stress or anxiety in your days you'd like to learn to manage better?
3. Would you benefit in learning how to reduce your stress?
3. How patient are you with life, your family, your friends?
4. Are you good at controlling your emotions?
5. Do you blast out your thoughts and feelings, as soon as they hit you, at the detriment of you and those around you?
There are many reasons to meditate, and yet, most of us fail to do so regularly.
The problem is, we've all heard so much about meditation we think we know the script.
We think meditation goes a little something like this:
Step 1 - Take the classic seated yoga stance with your legs folded and hands in the upward pinched finger position. No idea why we sit like this, but the pros do it, and so should you.
Step 1 alternate - Put your hands in the prayer position and close your eyes. Again, let's try not to question this and just keep going.
Step 2 - Put on a Spandexy outfit. Yes spandexy is a word, if we all start using it enough, that's how new words work. As for the colour of spandex, avoid earthy neutral to not look like a novice. Aim instead for a bright pastel blue or florescent plutonium glow orange.
Step 3 - Now the easy part - close your eyes, and empty your mind....
Step 4 - Still haven't emptied your mind? Go on. Empty it. Make an effort to focus on nothing. Ready set and go... Really concentrate.
Step 5 - Meditation is now underway. Hold for 30 to 45 mins of amazing inner peace. Oh and don't forget to feel the sensations of your toes and all the way up to your head, which is what you're always told to start with. And definitely breath deeply. But make sure not to breath deeply all the time. Just try breathing deeply at the beginning.*