How Meditation Made Me Less of an Asshole (and Smarter too!)
I’m a doer. A go-getter. I like to be moving. Creating. Designing. When I was younger I used to take yoga classes where I would quietly sneak off right before savasana (which is the quiet, laying down portion at the very end). Even when I would watch movies, I’d have to have my laptop going and my phone in hand.
I went out to dinner the other night and as the hostess was leading me to my table, I was observing the people around me and was shocked to see at least one person at every table on their phones. And not just quickly answering a text message but actively watching a video or playing a game of some sort.
The experience stuck with me as I vowed to meditate a little longer that night.
This meditation thing is new(er) for me though. In fact, I used to not be able to sit still for more than 5 minutes (remember the sneaking out before savasana thing?). But now, I can’t get enough of it. Seriously. I wish I could meditate all day long.
Because what I’ve found is that I’m not only calmer, more at peace, and generally just less of an asshole but I’m smarter too! Seriously. I have gotten more ideas and thought of more things when I’ve been seated, not talking, not really thinking about anything other than my breath that I know something is going on up there more powerful than anything I could ever orchestrate. So I keep going back.
And back again after that.
To say I’m surprised at myself (and also really proud) would be a total understatement. I still sometimes can’t believe I crave it as much as I do.
If you’re thinking well that’s nice but it would never happen for me, I’m here to tell you that it can. I’m telling you that it can happen because I was the girl who ran out before savasana, who had to have her laptop, a cell phone, (sometimes a tablet), and the TV going all at the same time, and the girl who would volunteer for extra projects just to get away from sitting so much at the office.
But there’s a trick. Wanna know what it is?!
Well I’m so glad you asked, because it’s the reason why I wrote this blog. I want everyone I know (and everyone I don’t) to be able to experience the gloriousness that is meditation without feeling like they’re doing it wrong or they’re missing something.
Ok so here it is. Meditation is just being quiet. And breathing. And being gentle with your thoughts (notice how I didn’t say controlling).
That’s the biggest part.
I used to think that you had to be completely void of all thoughts in order to “really meditate” but what I’ve learned is that thoughts will come and go, some might stay a little longer than others but that they’re all OK and they all have a purpose of their own. The trick is just to let them do their thing. And the more you let them do their thing, the more they let you do your (meditation) thing.
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