Pretty much everywhere you turn some on is talking about meditation and you feel left out because you just cannot meditate. Don’t feel left out there are many folks who have the same feelings you do about meditation and they wish it were different. Who says you cannot meditate?
The Huffington Post recently had this to say about the issue.
You Just Cannot Meditate
There are two kinds of people in this world: those that are able to meditate and those that are not. I fall into the second category. I have tried many times but my mind just will not shut up. I have taken classes, read articles and even created a special playlist just to help me meditate. All those efforts failed, and eventually I gave up. If you are like me, you are probably wondering why bother with it anyway? What difference could it possibly make?
A study that appeared in a January 2011 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, found that people who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of their brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. Gray matter is responsible for information processing in our brains. In layman’s terms, meditation is good for your brain. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more studies that highlight other benefits of meditation, including helping people quit smoking, preventing memory loss and even reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in teens.
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The truth of the matter is you can meditate you just may not be doing it the way you want or what you believe others would say you are meditating. Here is how to turn cannot meditate into I can’t believe it is this easy meditate.
Play this little game…
Sit in a chair with your backside (your butt) all the way back in the chair and relax. Begin to take slow deep breaths. You determine what slow and deep is for you. As you breath slowly in and then out simple let your focus of attention be on the in and out of your breath and that is the number one.
Then in a relaxing way continue with your focus of attention on your next breath, the in and out and that is the number two.
In a relaxed fashion count your breaths, in and out is one breath.
When a thought about something comes into your head, say to the thought inside your head, “hi thought, I’ll get to you later” and then go back and count your breaths starting with 1, 2, 3 again. Any time a thought comes into your head where you forget what the next number is say, ”hi thought, I’ll get to you later” and go back to counting your slow relaxed breaths.
The game is not about the numbers and how far you can go, the game is to relax and see how much easier it is to do. If you get to the number 2 or 3 or any number celebrate and play some more. You can’t get this little meditation game wrong.
What you will find is the more you play the more you will think less and intuit more and your intuition is usually 99.9% more accurate than your thinking.
So take a deep slow breath in and out, notice how your body feels and congratulate yourself on relaxing and having fun even if you want more relaxation and more fun. Then gently and easily like, share, tweet and pin and use the other social sharing buttons below.:)