Trying to sit still: Learning how to meditate
I’ve been sick this past week or so, and this has made it more difficult for me to want to go out and try some new things.
So instead of going out and doing something, I decided to try something more low-key that I could do at home.
Now, I’ve never really tried meditating before. At least, I’ve never tried it long enough to really consider it trying. Usually when I attempt to sit and clear my thoughts I give up fairly quickly. My thoughts run free and I have trouble keeping myself from getting distracted.
So I rented a DVD that helps beginners meditate. I tried it out on a chilly Saturday morning when my family wasn’t home.
I wasn’t sure if meditation would be for me or not because of my brief attempts in the past, but I decided to keep an open mind and give it a chance. I’ve always been interested in meditation and admire those who can clear their minds to practice it.
The video had two hours of content, but I just decided to do thirty minutes of it. As I watched the DVD, I felt calmer simply listening to the soft and soothing music that was playing in the background. The instructor’s voice was slow and rhythmic and set a nice, peaceful tone.
I followed the instructions the best I could. I crossed my legs, held my hands out index finger to thumb, and did all the breathing exercises instructed, as well as a few of the chants even.
I did better than I expected at keeping my mind clear. At one point in the beginning though, where we were supposed to inhale thinking the word “sat” and exhale thinking the word “nam” for one minute, I couldn’t help but think “This is a really long minute…”. I had to peek at the video to make sure I was still supposed to keep doing that exercise.
With time I realized that each of the meditation segments do feel like a long time and go against what I naturally feel is an ample amount of time to repeat an activity. It’s hard to maintain simply inhaling and exhaling while thinking of just two words.
It was difficult to do some of the breathing exercises when I was sick though. When we had to cover one nostril and breathe just from it, I had some trouble breathing.
But all in all I felt more peaceful afterward, and more calm and collected. Meditation seems like it is a really helpful thing to learn when you want to reduce stress or anxiety, or simply want to slow down. I would like to try it some more and think it’s a great thing to learn how to do. If you have any experience with trying meditation, please feel free to share below in the comments!