In the world we live in it is difficult to take the time to focus within. We have so many distractions and demands upon us. But we can miss something if we don’t take the time to sit quietly with ourselves.
If you choose to start a meditation practice keep it simple so that you are better able to stick with it. You don’t have to be a zen master. Really, all that is involved is sitting quietly while concentrating on your breathing. Or you can listen to a series of guided meditations. Start with 2-5 minutes and increase the time as you feel comfortable. Set a brief period of time aside soon after you wake up. This is helpful for two reasons: it sets the stage for how you approach the day and it doesn’t compete with the many other time demands that tend to accumulate as the day goes on.
Everyone has the ability to turn within but it requires discipline. It IS a discipline. Like anything else you would like to achieve, keep at it until it becomes a habit. Don’t be hard on yourself if you miss a few days. Start back up again anyway. It may be hard to believe but at a certain point you will relish this time with yourself.
Once you make this time a priority in your life your practice will evolve and become a foundation upon which your life rests. It can make the ups and downs less extreme and infuse your life with compassion and gratitude.
This information is for educational purposes only and should not in any way be considered a substitute for professional help. If you feel that you need immediate assistance please call your local psychiatric emergency services or the SAMSHA Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990.