If you’re like me, you think you are terrible at meditating. And, what’s more, you think you don’t have what it takes to meditate: All that sitting in one position for a long time, that breathing in and breathing out, and the struggle to clear your mind and hold just one thought…
Then it dawned on me the other day that this is not true—not at all!
I’m meditating every time I fixate on something that annoys or frustrates me, that worries me, or that frightens me.
When I don’t easily let go of these thoughts then these thoughts are pushing out all other thoughts. That’s another way of saying that I am clearing my mind of all other thoughts—especially ones that can be helpful, positive, and constructive—and focusing on thoughts and ideas that agitate me and stir up unhelpful, negative, and destructive thoughts.
So, I am meditating—but on the absolutely wrong things!
Your homework today is to be mindful of the thoughts you’re fixating on. If they’re negative or unhelpful, then gently turn your thoughts to ones that are optimistic and uplifting.
You can do it, I know you can!
I’m so proud of you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,