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.
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.