A curious thing happens often when people find out I am a meditation teacher: they tell me how much they want to learn to meditate. They have heard how good it is for them, know they need to reign in their anxiety/overworked thoughts/stress, etc, have been thinking of starting, and they seem very inspired to learn. When I had just become certified in teaching meditation, I would enjoy these responses with a sense of excitement that I will be able to help this person start a meditation practice which will get them on their way to a calmer life and a greater sense of Self.
It's now been a couple of years or so since my first exposure to these conversations, and the sun has set a bit on that enthusiasm. So often I never hear more from the person about meditation, or they will bring it up again but always with the intention of "someday" learning. It could be that they don't even have that little spark of interest in the first place but rather saying they want to learn is just their way of holding up their end of the conversation, believing they are being polite by relating in their way to my interest in meditation (although, I believe ultimately people prefer honesty to politeness, and there are always so many ways to be polite and honest at the same time!). However, I think much - if not all - of the time they are expressing a true desire to learn. More accurately, they want to want to learn to meditate.
When we truly want something, we make it happen. We find time every day to eat at least 3 times. Many of us make plenty of time throughout the day to check in to social media. We watch TV, gossip with coworkers, sleep. These are all things we fill our days with because we want to. Getting measurable benefits from meditation requires as little as 12-15 minutes per day, according to research. If we truly want to bring meditation into our lives, we need only dedicate a small fraction of our day to it. If you give 15 minutes of each day to meditation, you would still have 1,425 minutes every single day to do the other things you want to do. For the majority of the population, it's really not a matter of "having the time" for meditation, it is a matter of prioritizing it above the other ways we are filling our days.
So, do you want to meditate? Or do you want to want to meditate? If you truly want to get the proven results of meditation, shift from having a vague notion of how you'd like to someday have a meditation practice to realizing that you are the one in charge of your life, and the time is now. Make just a little bit of space in your day for meditation, make it a priority, and start to see the changes! And, of course, if you need assistance with how to start please contact me or another meditation teacher who would be happy to help you get going!
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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