We all know what is good for us and what is bad for us. And yet we keep doing the bad stuff.
Why is it so hard to eat veggies?
Why is it so hard to do exercise?
Why is it so hard to take minute and be still?
Why is it so hard to do nice things to people?
And now I can hear you say: “hey, I do nice things to people!”
Yes I’m sure you do, but only if it’s easy and doesn’t cost much.
So why do we keep doing the bad stuff?
Because it tastes good and feels good (at least for the moment) and because it is easy.
For me, its meditation or stillness. Oh I know so well that it is good for me, I even teach people to meditate – and yet, it is oh-so-hard to sit down for 10 minutes a day.
Yes I do guided meditations and I do breathing exercises. But the continuity. It only lasts for a week and then I’m off it. Than I’m back on it. Then I’m off it…
Yet I am very well aware of that continuity is key, just like exercising. Getting on that bike once a month doesn’t do much for my health. And I know it.
Then it hit me. Perhaps it is so, that different things suit different people? Perhaps I am not a meditation person.
Or perhaps there are different kinds of meditations or stillness-of-mind-exercises.
For instance, I love walking. Alone.
I like sunbathing, thinking of nothing but soaking up the sun.
I like skiing, fast and silently with the wind in my face.
I love mantra music.
I love being in water, simply bathing, floating in the sea or swimming in a pool. Feeling the silky smooth water around my body.
Could it be that meditation or silencing-your-mind comes in various shapes and it doesn’t have to be while staring at a candle with ants in your pants?
I believe so. Here is a list of different meditation (or silencing your mind if you prefer) techniques for the hyperactive:
- Listening to mantra music
- Shaking your az
- Counting to 100
- Being in water
- Monotonous tasks such as washing dishes, sewing, folding clothes.
- Being in nature
- Lying in the grass staring at the clouds