Ok, guys. It’s Friday, and I’m feeling incredible. It’s sunny outside, and I’m back into my meditation routine. It’s only been four days since I got back on track with setting my timer every morning, and already, I’m remembering what an incredibly positive difference meditation makes in my daily life.
If I talk about meditation constantly, it’s only because it really does change everything, or rather it changes how I experience everything. There will always be craziness in the world, but meditation and yoga have given me the only way I know how to effectively cope with it. It’s more effective than medication; more effective than drugs; more effective than any therapist, doctor, or bitching session.
I really and truly believe that everyone should learn to meditate, but sometimes just sitting down to start is HARD. Your mind races around. Your back or your knees might hurt. You get bored. You make a grocery list or get up to check the mail. After years of being told to meditate by every yoga teacher or spiritual leader I met, I still didn’t want to do it. It took me a LONG time.
If, like me, you can’t bring yourself to sit down and meditate, do this first:
List 10 things you’re thankful for. Do it every day for 40 days. Or just do it for a week. Whatever you can do.
When you get into more advanced practices, there start to be more expectations about doing meditations or exercises for a certain number of days or minutes. There are plenty of great reasons for that, but when you’re just starting out, just do whatever you can, and the benefit will come.
Practicing gratitude isn’t some kind of hippy, new-age nonsense. It’s good for everyone. Just pause to remember all the good and miraculous things in your life (like the fact that you exist, which is pretty rad when you think about it), and write them down if you can spare the time to do so. You’ll likely notice that as you start to think in terms of gratitude, you have more things to be thankful for.