How to Meditate Badly

The Beginner’s Guide to Meditation by Joan BorysenkoHere’s a meditation using the word “One” as your mantra. Listen in and tell me if it sounds familiar:

“One … oh, I feel my body relaxing already … it’s almost like I can feel a warm energy moving down over my shoulders … isn’t that amazing … I wonder why I like this so much and I actually hardly ever sit down to do it … it’s because life is so busy … I can’t believe how many phone calls there were on my voice mail … sometimes I wonder … why even have voice mail … why even have an answering machine … drives me crazy it would be better off not to have anything and either I’m home or I’m not home … and this e-mail, people think you’re gonna return their e-mail in an hour as if there’s nothing else to do every morning at the computer, two hours at the computer with the damn e-mail all of this to save time time time I’m supposed to be meditating … One.”

– example of an average meditation,
as described by Joan Borysenko in 
The Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

If you’re like me, this is EXACTLY what your meditation looks like. It may even be EXACTLY why you do NOT meditate!

But here’s the thing:

We’re all in the same boat and it’s OK. The main thing is your intention. The fact that you have intended this is where the magic lies.

You can reap the benefits of meditation simply by setting aside ten minutes a few days a week and TRYING. And being easy on yourself. If your mind wanders off, don’t judge, simply bring yourself back to your mantra.

Know that thoughts will appear. It’s natural. It doesn’t mean you stink at this and should give up.

Lighten up! Meditate wonderfully badly. If you do this, I promise, some day you will meditate wonderfully well.

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In The Beginner’s Guide to Meditation CD program, world-renowned author and lecturer Joan Borysenko leads you through the specifics of three distinct forms of meditation (concentration, mindfulness, and a centering prayer) and discusses the common pitfalls that sabotage these practices.

With depth and humor, Joan shows you which form of meditation is best for you, and points out that by making it a daily part of your life, better health and peace of mind are just a few breaths away.

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~ by gigablonde on April 9, 2008.

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