Don’t Worry About the WeatherJuly 8, 2009
Summer has been slow settling in this year, and I have been wondering why I have not joined the ranks of people complaining about the weather. The only explanation I have for this is the change that I have experienced since beginning a meditation practice.
I used to fixate on the weather, letting the rain or cold ruin my day or, even worse, my vacation.
Since I began a meditation practice, I no longer give so much power to circumstances beyond my control (i.e. Mother Nature).
Typically, our thoughts are either stuck in the past or racing ahead to the future; in either case, our minds are on overdrive and unable to think about or enjoy the present. This puts tremendous stress on our bodies; our breathing is shallow, our heart races and the stage is set for numerous health problems.
Don’t Worry About The Weather
By taking the time each day to rest our minds, clearing them of all our thoughts and daily chatter, we become refreshed and rejuvenated.
Recharging through daily meditation improves our mood, mental clarity, and general health.
Meditation does not necessarily mean sitting cross-legged on a cushion. For many, being in nature, lying in a hammock or even focusing on a physical activity works best. You should choose something that allows you to be deeply relaxed but doesn’t require thought (i.e. running, but not reading).
Try taking a moment on the train, on a park bench or at home: close your eyes, focus on your breathing and let your thoughts drift away.
Last summer, as I finished my yoga practice and was blissfully meditating, surrounded by the beauty of Lake Leelanau in Northern Michigan, I heard a voice from the cottage behind me proclaim,
“I could maybe do yoga, but not if I had to meditate!”
Sometimes the things that seem so foreign at first, become what transform our lives.
I still laugh when I think about that comment- the notion that meditation could be a punishment. I guarantee that once it becomes part of your routine, you won’t know how you lived without it.