Y’all goin’ make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here– if one more person caught in the rapture of themselves gets on their organics-only, gluten free, namaste-right-here soapbox to preach to me about sitting quietly and tells me its the only way to meditate. That’s bullshit.
What am I bitching about, you ask? Every person that has taken one yoga class at 24 hour fitness and now considers themselves an expert on meditation and all things yoga sounding. Oh, and lululemon.
Let me tell you something, I couldn’t sit quietly with no thoughts if my life depended on it — in fact, in that case, it’d be even harder. But I believed that the whole sitting quietly and not thinking was the only way to meditate for a long time, so I just wrote it off as impossible. Then I was reading something – and dammit, I can’t remember what at the moment- and it was explaining how meditation is simply a state of transcendence. For many people who actively engage in yoga, this is something they do in their seated whatever-you-call-it position, but that is not the only way to meditate.
I can’t remember what else it went into detail about because the article lost me at transcendence. I was in one of my ultra curious moods so I immediately googled (of course) “transcendence,” just to make sure I had the right idea in mind. Here’s what the Google says:
tran·scend·ence |tran(t)ˈsendəns | noun
transcendence; plural noun: transcendences; noun: transcendency
- existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level.Synonyms: excellence, supremacy, incomparability, matchlessness, peerlessness, magnificence; rare: paramountcy“the transcendence of love”
Hmmmm…so anything that makes us experience something beyond the normal or physical level…And click! It slid into place. My meditation was music!! No matter what mood I’m in, music can lift me up and put my spirit right again.
The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me. I can totally zone out and it frees my brain to find solutions — and peace.
Take a look at this – and forget what the figure is doing, that’s not important.
So if you’re like me and have thought to yourself “eff meditation, I can’t sit still and look pretty for more than 2 minutes,” then surprise! You, too, can meditate! It doesn’t have to be music for you, but take a minute or two and think of what brings your heart peace whenever you take part in it. Gardening? Cooking? Singing? Cleaning? Driving? It can be anything. Whatever you consider a source of joy. THAT is your meditation. If it brings you clarity of thought and peace of mind and heart, it is your Om. Don’t let anyone ever tell you any different.
See! Nothing in here about sitting – even if the image is sitting. Forget the image! Just remember the transcendence part!!
This is a great reason to intentionally schedule in some “me time” for yourself. And don’t forget to label it correctly on your calendar. It’s meditation 😉
Take care of yourselves and I hope you have a great weekend!
xoxo – K