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When people ask me how to begin meditation, I suggest that they do the same exact thing that I did in the beginning.
- Sit in a quiet place in a comfortable position. You can sit on the floor, you can use a wall for back support, or you can sit in a chair. Sit up straight, but try to be comfortable.
- Now you want to keep your eyes and mouth closed and breathe through the nostrils. Inhale/exhale equals one complete breath.
- You can imagine that the air coming in is a color.
- You don’t need to take really deep breaths, but you want to, “breathe the body,” rather than it just breathing on its own. (Which it does a vast majority of the time.”
- Now you want to focus your attention on the breath for twenty-five complete breaths.
- When your attention wonders, (not IF but when) as soon as you realize that you have drifted away from the focus, you go back.
- When you have wondered away and you, “come to,” you go back to the focus of the breath. If you can remember what number you were on when you drifted off, then just start there. If you cannot remember, then you start over again at one.
- After you focus on the twenty-five breaths, then stop, “breathing the body” and just observe as the body breathes.
Now, the most interesting thing that came to me in the beginning was, “Holy cow! I cannot even focus on one thing long enough to count to twenty-five!” Often I would get to three, or maybe seven, and then the mind would re-mind me of a bill that I hadn’t paid, or of something at work…
When I got to the teens I was ecstatic!
Then came the day I sat down and with all of my might, held my focus in place for twenty-five breaths.
Racing Thought Episodes(RTE) don’t last.
People usually begin to have a problem with RTE when they start losing sleep. You lay down after a long day, and you are tired and ready for bed, but the mind is not.
The same thing will happen when you sit down to meditate. When you want to get quiet, the mind gets loud and louder.
But this isn’t the only time that RTE happens. Most of the time during the day, we don’t notice it.
For instance, when you are driving to work, you may not notice that your mind spends the entire time somewhere else.
Especially this time of year during the holidays, when there are big changes in the routine. It is hard to explain, but my constantly changing routine sort of becomes a routine, and so when that gets interrupted, it can leave me feeling slightly out of sorts.
The most important thing that I can do is to remind myself that, “There is nothing bad happening.”
Usually I am surrounded by love and everything is fine. There’s a lot of time with family during the holidays, and then at home everything is okay. My wife and daughter, our cat Max and our dog Coco… shouldn’t leave out the two turtles and the two hamster’s either.