{benefits of meditation}

So why meditate right?

There’s a ton of reasons that lurk beneath the surface, most of them lost to more and more layers of esoteric nonsense that leaves newbies isolated and confused.
But wait, there’s more.

Now you leave those interested without a path to actually getting started with a practice. Besides all the over-your-head jargon, there is a need to provide authority through authenticity. An actual help for those who want to start on likely, one of the most important journeys of their lives.

It sounds silly to say but the transition from the mind full of crap to being Mindful is a long way but a simple step, Slow the Mental Roll.  Our minds are pretty amazing they store tons of information, keep us doing stuff like breathing without us having to think about it, and, remembering cheat codes to Grand Theft Auto 17 years after the fact.  We are in no way trying turn off the brain or space out for our time on the cushion.  We are trying to take this mental freight train and haul it down, or take some ownership of your thinking meat, I mean it is yours.  Imagine your thoughts like watching a movie frame by frame that’s what we’re after.  We want to slow the stream down to that point.  With each thought or frame let it come and let it go.  Don’t invite that bitch inside, just let it pass.  Slowing the stream helps kick that sweet tendency of one thought to lead to 784 per minute, which stresses us out, amps us up, and keeps us spinning our wheels.  Once you get good at it you’ll start to notice some spaces between the thoughts.  Shit just got real!  Now that we are no longer drowning in the fire hose like stream of constant thought we have a little room to Focus on Now. 

Most hear this and think “Pff it’s always now, what else would I think about?”.  When you’re driving in your car and you’re heading to work, what are you thinking about?  The day ahead, tasks you know you have to finish, filing TPS reports or whatever but not the drive itself.  We all do this autopilot, cruise control thing where we just stay cocooned in our own little worlds rarely stepping out if ever.  We never realize we are the ones the made the prison and we’re the ones holding the door shut.  Focusing on Now is about busting that rut.  When you breathe, where do you feel that sensation?  Some say upper lip, some say nostrils, others like to stick with the rise and fall of the abdomen as they breathe, where exactly is not so important.  What matters is that focus on a sensation that is currently happening, not practice, not assignments, not peanut butter-jelly time, but right now, this moment.  If the breath is floating your boat, no problem, when you walk feel the sensation of your feet touching the ground.  If you drive a bunch focus on the sensation of your buns in the seat, or the texture of the steering wheel, or, how hard you give the finger to the donk that’s been tailgating you for the past 8 miles. Now you have to drive slow until you both die, #realtalk.  The point is get you some now!  Next up is don’t bitch out… {benefits of meditation}

Remain Persistent in your attempts to quiet your mind this will get you further than most others.  The mind is persistent and slippery as well.  To be fair this pattern has been reinforced in literally every moment of your life.  This training of quieting the mind is very much against the ingrained patterns we follow.  Remember back to when you learned to ride a bike, you would roll a bit, then crash or fall over.  Then, you’d get back up dust yourself off, hide the tears if your friends were watching, and do it again!  This trial and error has a lot to teach.   When it comes to meditation the trials and errors may result in bringing up old memories, or falling asleep.  In the last 9 years of practice I haven’t injured my body yet.  Well except for the time I fell off the edge of the bed when I fell asleep, but that’s just part of the fun.  You’re going to encounter times when you “don’t feel like it”, you’re “too tired”, you’re “not in the mood”.  Heeding those feelings are a personal choice, however you won’t gain any ground that way.  We have to continue to exercise that muscle again and again.  Every time you fall away from your object of meditation, just gently bring that mofo back to the object again and again until the end of the session.  Some days you may miss the mark and that’s okay just remain persistent and steadfast, after all this is your mental health and arena of practice.  The final point that brings a lot of folks down is shame.  Don’t be ashamed of your path up to this point.

Quieting the mind is a daunting task in it’s own right don’t toss shame into the mix and sour your flow.  Don’t be ashamed of your journey.  Not now, not ever!  Too many times people, especially in the West, think they’re letting down baby Jesus or something.  You’re Grandma or parents may give you a hard time but this is your life and your practice.  Taking ownership of your shit is your birth right.  So pretty much screw the nay sayers.  It can be lonely not having anyone to practice with, like the man says “It’s better to go it alone than to travel the path with fools.”  Look me in the eye… you are the captain now.  If you wake up at the crack of noon, and meditate in your bath robe that’s on you.  Don’t let the humble nature of your practice make you feel inadequate or deficient you are daring to do a thing few can even fathom.  Your past is very much a deepening of your practice.  I always use the phrase The Sinner is the Sage, nothing could be more fitting for what’s going down here.  Just like trees if we want to reach up to heaven, our roots will reach to Hell.  There is no shame in past what matter is now, what will you do with it!