Inhale. Exhale. Notice.

Breathe in.

Breathe out. 

Inhale. 

Exhale. 

Bring your awareness to your breath. 

Notice your breath. 

Notice your thoughts.

*My thoughts are all over the place. 

*I don’t want to notice some thoughts. 

Notice thoughts without judgment.

*How do I not notice thoughts? What does that even mean?   

As you notice your thoughts bring your attention back to your breath. 

Inhale. 

Exhale. 

Impossible. My monkey brain can’t slow down. This is a waste of time. I can’t stop my mind from constantly spinning out of control. Oh wait – I just went 30 seconds thinking about my breath. Interesting. Maybe I’ll try this again. 

Like many, this was my first meditation. It, at times, can feel like a recent meditation. I, however, am grateful for my yoga and meditation practice. 

Only a few years ago, I thought yoga was only exercise and meditation was impossible. I casually practiced both with no real commitment. I returned to both yoga and meditation after learning that it could help with some previous traumatic experiences. (Yoga is meditation, btw). It helps. 

Yoga/Meditation/Mindfulness, with patience and commitment, work. As many great teachers have said, “You have to feel to heal.” So true. Refreshingly true. I spent so many years numbing myself and withdrawing from basic emotions. A mindfulness practice of simply noticing my breath, paying attention to my movement, and letting my brain take a rest has significantly helped. I now notice certain patterns of thinking and allow myself to be with and process emotions. 

I’m fortunate to have found this practice and even more fortunate that I get to teach and share it with others.