As I learn about mindfulness and meditation, I’m beginning to realize that I’ve been meditating in my own way for most of my life. Listening to music while driving, or chilling with a set of headphones on. Live music at a favorite concert venue, with thousands of people celebrating en masse. The 50 mile a day commute to work, always brings a song on the radio that makes the long commute more than tolerable. It’s truly been a blessing, the love I have for music. No I didn’t think I was meditating at these particular moments, but that’s exactly what I was doing. At least from what I’ve learned, it was a form of meditation. I blanked out everything, all of life’s noise, and had moments just for me.
This is the power of meditation.
Each day I try to take 25 to 30 minutes to meditate. I’m currently using an app called Calm. My mind wonders, but the more I practice the easier it’s been to bring thoughts to the present moment. One important thing I’ve learned is, there is no right way or wrong way to meditate. The moments when I lose myself in meditation, I get a sensation that makes me want more and more. The pot at the end of the rainbow. It’s no easy task getting the mind to shut up. I just took 25 minutes to meditate and probably had 3 to 4 minutes of total stillness. Tomorrow I’ll hopefully have 5 to 6 minutes. I’ll get better the more I practice. There is no right or wrong way. The 3 to 4 minutes were total bliss. It’s like a recharge to the body and mind. My mind didn’t seem like it needed a recharge the way it was racing. I have to make those meaningless thoughts, just that, meaningless. That’s basically what I did while driving and losing myself in an old Eagles song. I couldn’t help myself from singing out loud while quieting my mind.