June 23, 2016
If we tune into the news, we will find no shortage of contradictions. Take chocolate, for example, or red wine or, even, exercise. Depending on whom we listen to, we might hear that it’s healthy to consume massive amounts of dark chocolate one day—and then the next day we might be instructed to avoid it completely.
Similarly, we may hear that it is good to exercise daily; then we might hear that daily exercise is actually unhealthy; then we hear that it’s okay to exercise every day, but only in specific ways; next we hear that those specific ways actually have negative longterm effects, so only do them for a certain period of time; then we learn that we should actually never do them; then suddenly we hear that it’s okay to do them, but only under a full moon…
You get the point.
So, meditation can be like this too. Overtime, most of us have picked up a variety of ideas about what meditation is and can be. In this process, we’ve likely heard conflicting idea.
For example, we may have heard that the “point” of meditation is to clear the mind and think about nothing. Then again, we may have also heard that, when in meditation, we should focus on a specific idea, word, or theme. Then again, we may also hear from people like Thich Nhat Hanh who tells us that everything can be a meditation, each and every step.
So, what is meditation to you? Have you heard conflicting messages about why a person might want to try it? What is your interest level in cultivating a practice?
Action: Write down your personal definition of what it means to meditate. Then, write down the steps of what it would take to “do” your definition of meditation.
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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at StrengthsLife.com
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