I’m the type of person that has an active brain. I’m always worrying about what I have to do, what I’ve done, and what I need to do again. I keep a notebook on me with tasks that should be done today, and tasks that should be done in the future. My mind is constantly running and I always feel stressed because of it. It is time to slow down and actually be in the moment instead of always being in the past or future. I’ve been told that meditation is a great method to quiet these constant reminders of what I have to do. My life on a hamster wheel needs a change!
Many have suggested meditation as a way to calm your busy mind and ground yourself. I have always wondered if slowing my life down and doing meditation would have soothing effects with my IBS. I always thought that the “Irritable” part of IBS was how you felt, not how your guts feel.
I’m not the type of person to have much faith in “alternate” forms of life. My current viewpoint on meditation is that you must grow a beard, have a hippie hair cut, walk around in sandals, and have a Tye-die peace sign t-shirt on while practicing meditation. But, all of those people who practice can’t be wrong either.
Someone suggested that I read “8 Minute Meditation” by Victor Davich. I must admit, this is the first book I’ve bought in a long time. Even worse, I purchased it a little over a year before I actually picked up the book to start reading it.
But here I am, through the introduction section, and ready to being meditation for the first time. I’ve been putting this off long enough, and the truth is, it’s only 8 minutes a day. But my mind and my first response to this is, “Where am I going to find 8 minutes per day to do this? I have enough on my plate already and 8 minutes is time wasted if I am not doing something important from my to do list”. So I shifted my thought, I’ve added “Meditation” into my daily task list. And in a few days, I’ll have my first 8 minutes of meditation.
My plan is to keep a journal of my personal experiences and journey through the book and meditation. Maybe keeping a public record will be the motivation I need to keep with the program and not give up after a few days.
Before I wrap up, I would like to leave you with a quote that inspired me to start week 1. This is something that I was able to relate to, and maybe it will be enough to keep me on my path to dropping my stress level.
“Remembering who you really are involves a subtle shift of attention from a tense present to the present tense” – Jeff Foster