Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Meditation practice.

One thing I've had on my to-do list for quite some time that I haven't ever gotten around to doing is establishing a meditation practice. It feels good to move my body early in the morning and late at night with a short yoga practice, but it is a lot harder to get my mind to calm down. I've read that if you establish an early morning practice you will feel the effects all day.

Meditation is one of those things that I feel better after doing and that I know I could benefit from. I sometimes feel like I am making myself crazy from thinking and overanalyzing all the time. However, it is very hard to tame my "puppy mind" and just sit. I make mental lists, run over the day's events, think of the million things that seem much more productive that I could be doing, fidget, etc.

Do any of you have a regular meditation practice? How long do you sit? What time of day do you sit? Do you listen to CDs or do it in silence? Any advice for starting a practice?

"Cultivate the habit of taking time every day to sit so you can be in conscious contact with the inner garden of your soul."~Lucy MacDonald


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3 comments:

Melita said...

i really wish i could say that i have a full blown practice, but i don't. i do mediate when i can and when i feel i need to. once i get into a schedule i plan on getting up in the morning, doing some yoga and meditating. i agree too, that doing yoga & meditating in the morning and before bed is great. i'll incorporate that into an evening ritual too :)

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Carolyn said...

I too have wanted to cultivate some sort of meditation practice, even if it's just 5 minutes a night. It's so hard for me to remember it though until I'm already in bed and ready to sleep. Le sigh.

Kate Vickers Deriso said...

i usually do my meditation practice in the morning. while the water is brewing for my tea, i check my email. when the tea is ready, i pour myself a cup and head into my massage and meditation room and meditate. most days it is around 10 minutes which is about how long it takes to say my mantra (108 times) that my ayurvedic doctor gave me. sometimes i stay sitting longer. i just can't seem to be disciplined to meditate in the evening. i just get too tired and would prefer to go to bed!