Does the thought of meditating stress you out?
It used to for me.
Trying to be calm to clear my mind, and slow my breathing only stressed me out more. I would find myself focusing on how I couldn’t clear my mind and became more anxious. Besides, I didn’t have time. I also didn't make time.
As I embarked on my healing journey, I began to realize 3 important things:
1. Meditation is important, but looks different for everyone.
2. In order to heal, it’s important to break the stress cycle.
3. I need to make time.
Once in awhile I would try guided meditations. They work sometimes, and I continue to explore different versions and practices.
But for me, nature is my greatest form of meditation.
It always has been. I just never called it that - until I connected benefit. It’s amazing how focused, free from distraction and calm I become by observing nature at work.
I make time now. I value my version of meditation and feel the benefit. My mind clears. My breathing slows. I inhale the possibilities of life, healing, regeneration and change as I watch it occur in nature. It's where I also exhale fear.
Today I made time to look at a flower and noticed a bee making its rounds. It was incredibly therapeutic as the feelings of peace and possibilities took hold. I was present. I was still. It wasn't traditional meditation but still meditative.
What works for you?