So much has been written about mediation. So much has been studied. So many high-performing individuals practice it.
I don't know if there's anything new I'm going to say about it.
All I can do is give you my experience with practicing meditation. Maybe share some insights? Maybe share some tools that I've used.
I think the most important words in the phrase "meditation practice" is not meditation. It's actually practice.
This isn't some revelation – it's a recognition by me that I am not going to be perfect at it.
I never will be. And that's not the point.
The practice is to do the practice.
Sometimes I sit on the couch. Sometimes I sit in a chair. Sometimes I sit on a meditation cushion. Sometimes I drink coffee while I'm meditating. I have a magazine to my left, and with my eyes closed, I will periodically take sips of the beverage.
I do my best to have my thoughts be there and not judge them. But sometimes I do.
Sometimes I listen to headphones. Sometimes I don't.
I tried the Headspace app. It was OK. Wasn't for me.
A friend shared the Insight Timer meditation app. I have enjoyed that immensely. I track my sessions, but hardly ever go back and review what I did. Sharing with friends how many hours I meditate per month, or my location, or what I'm doing now, is not of interest for me.
Periodically, I will use a guided meditation from Tara Brach's website. She has plenty of sessions available, and graciously allows people to listen for free.
I shoot for 15 minutes, first thing in the morning. I do my best.
For now, that's enough. More to come.