Meditation is an ancient practice that trains us to focus our attention and awareness, and to learn to observe and redirect our thoughts.
It is not about turning off our thoughts and feelings and sitting in emptiness. Rather it is about learning to notice what thoughts and feelings are present in any moment, and being able to observe them without judgement. We practise welcoming in all that shows up, and watching the mind as it dances from thought to thought or dives into memory or imagination.
Meditation is not about becoming a different person, or a better person. Rather it is about embracing the people we are right now, and the stage that we are at in our lives. It is about changing our perspective, and eventually finding greater clarity, balance and stability in our thoughts and emotional state.
Meditation is a skill that needs to be learnt. It is like a muscle that has not been used before, so it takes consistent and regular practise to become comfortable. It takes time to get comfortable with the mind. There will be some days when it’s easy, and others when it’s hard. But that’s part of meditating.
There is no such thing as a perfect meditation. It is a practice. When our focus wonders, or we forget our breath, that’s ok. The very fact that we have taken the time to sit in stillness and notice this is enough.
The journey of meditation, and the experiences that go with it are far more important than the destination.