Like the tides, our thoughts motion in and out of consciousness. Memories float to surface and slip away before we have time to fully grasp them. Like the ripples in the water, our mind expands. We are constantly thinking, sometimes it even feels overwhelming, the feeling of drowning in the voices we create within. Even when we close our eyes we see the waves whispering to the shoreline, the echo of our thoughts tend to linger.
We may even just sit and honor the beauty of our mind, the shades of blue washing away things that no longer serve us. It’s reflective to take a moment and sit in silence. To not still the mind but focus on what it is trying to communicate, mediation is a form of internal listening.
I believe a lot of the time that many people tend to take mediation as a way to clear the thought waves, to harbor their creative storm. But in reality that is full BS. We can simply turn off; we are created from a structure of thought. I think that is why so many people are (to be honest) fearful to mediate. It frustrates people to think that mediation revolves around a white slate of pure nothingness…uhhh that sound horrible, almost like an insane asylum in our brain. No one has the ability to shut off thought, Unless your pretty damn magical.
I get asked all the time, “how do you mediate?” It’s almost like people are seeking the answer to what is the meaning of life? But only they can create the answer for themselves. Meditation for me is all about listening to what I’m thinking about and once I honor those thoughts, worries, and ideas- I move on to visualize my happy place (a lavender field). I focus on the details of how the sun feels, the breeze, the sound of the birds, and the feeling of the grass as I lay with my cat, Skeeter Marie.
I don’t want people to be fearful of listening to their thoughts, its important to understand what they are trying to tell you…you are thinking for a reason. Take some time and create a happy place in your mind, somewhere you can visit when you feel stressed, need time to relax, or help ease you to sleep. Create a mediation corner in your room or house. Fill it with things that make you happy and bring you peace and try to meditate as least 5-10 mins a day. You don’t have to OM, do any mudras, or sit in weird positions- if you don’t want to. I guess my main advice is DO WHAT FEELS GOOD TO YOU!