I have been a meditator for over 21 years. Initially it started out with sitting still for a few minutes. Then it progressed to humming, chanting, breathing exercises, yoga mudras, and eventually contorting in lotus position. Needless to say, none of it felt comfortable. I soon discovered an easier way that has worked for me time and time again - lying down still, listening to instrumental music. It was that simple. Sometimes I fell asleep, but that's where the practice of meditation really begins. Now I meditate each day for 20 minutes.
Meditation has become habitual. I don't even think twice about it. It is always on my mind as soon as I wake up. Even when rushing to leave the house in the morning, I always make time for it. It fuels me. It inspires me. And most of all, it lets me be silent with self. No hiding. No pretending. And certainly no games. It affords me a reset and the ability to look through life with a much clearer lens. It helps me connect to source. It makes me feel alive. It illuminates my best self.
There are many preconceived notions about meditation. Many go into it out of curiosity hoping to solve a problem, or to gain some magical insight. Many seek to understand the mysteries of the Universe, and many just want to escape and bliss out. All of these intentions are wonderful. But a wise person once told me that meditation requires sweating effort. Meditation is figuring out the YOU within the you. What makes you tick? What do you truly want? And why do you want it? I can live a whole lifetime and maybe still not come into the answer. But the key is to always keep trying.
I leave you with the wisdom of British writer and philosopher Alan Watts who summed up this feeling so eloquently. All three of my brains head 🧠, heart 💓, and gut 🤰 resonate deeply to its message. In essence, it's not about the chase; it's only about the ride.
"Let's suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream that you wanted to dream. And that you could, for example, have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time..."
📺 Alan Watts / The Dream of Life / T&H YouTube video (2:23)
Every Monday morning at 10 AM EST I will post a powerful prompt which can also be synced to your smartphone calendar here and follow it wherever it leads. The aim is to resource all "three brains" — head 🧠, heart 💓, and gut 🤰 — in hopes of connecting the dots to those sticky parts in our nature that matter.