Simple Yet Challenging


Simple Yet ChallengingIt’s so simple yet challenging. When I mention the word “meditate” to others they roll their eyes, look at me as if I had a bald head and wrapped in an orange gown …

“Ah, I know what your thinking”, I immediately reply.

“You think the meditation I do is connected to an Eastern religious philosophy, right? And, that I am about to attempt to persuade you towards my way of thinking, right?” Wrong.

Then there’s a sigh of relief ….

Here are two definitions of “meditate”:

Meditate: verb (used without object)

1. to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.
2. to engage in transcendental meditation,  devout religious contemplation, or quiescent spiritual introspection.
I like to refer to the first one.
There are all kinds of meditation which are associated with Buddhism and other religious groups. But the one I have been trained in is what is refereed to as “Insight Meditation” which can be experienced through “Mindful Meditation.
Anyone can do this…
It’s called Insight Meditation because it leads to personal enlightenment, or rather self-discovery.  In other meditation practices you may focus on a sound, or a word repeated several times to keep your thoughts OUT of your mind.
Insightful Meditation welcomes the thoughts. It lets the mind wander and when you become aware of the wandering you come back to the breath. Your breathing becomes an “anchor” to focus on and then the thoughts that were just twirling around in your mind go “poof” – they’re gone.

It is in these quite moments, when the mental rambling stops, that new insights about your life, who you are and who you want to be rise into your awareness. It takes time and patience to leave a new “door” open in your mind to experience new things about yourself.

It can be uplifting and emotionally painful. But the new insights that come from it will change you forever.

It’s simple to do, yet challenging:

Challenging because:

You’ll begin to think ..

  • I don’t have time for this
  • this is boring
  • I have other things to do
  • is my time up?
  • how long do I have to sit here
Herein lies the challenge. Learning to still your mind is a process. The first thing you’ll discover is how much of your life is on “autopilot” – this constant need to “DO” something. That in itself is a HUGE insight! Most of us zip right through our lives and wonder where the days went. 
Slow down and experience more. This is the beginning of “how-to”. Watch the video.
The Calm RN
PS: Have you or are you curious to experience this? More to come about this topic in posts to follow. Let me know what you think, and thank you



7 Replies to “Simple Yet Challenging”

  1. Well that made me laugh! Been there, done that! Can’t stop ‘life’ bursting through the meditative state and have a head full of ‘things’. Took me ages to learn how to stop doing that and now meditation is a time for me without all the other stuff. It also gives me time for clarity of thought, which doesn’t always happen during the day!

    Enjoy the journey.

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    1. Hi Mandy,
      Well you know just what I’m talking about! After you get used to it it can do just what you said , give you clarity… thanks for stopping by!

  2. This is a wonderful description of how to use meditation in your life without feeling like you have to change religions or deal with beliefs that are just not a part of your life. I love meditation. It is very relaxing. My only problem is staying awake during such a relaxed state. But the insight that I have gained from those moments are amazing.

    1. Hi Gen!
      Many people complain of the same problem. The way to resolve this is:
      1. INTEND to meditate, meaning if you are going to spend a few or several minutes doing this, setting the intention to do so really helps
      2. Sitting upright also helps
      3. This is more challenging – keeping your eyes slightly open, this keeps you in the moment more

      Thank for the visit, I appreciate it!

  3. Hey Donna!
    Having a “retreat” room is an AWESOME idea! I do it anywhere. My favorite place is outside with nature….. if I don’t take this time for me, I don’t feel right for the rest of the day …. Thank you for the visit!

    1. Hi Leslie!
      Thank you for the visit! I am so glad to hear this post was helpful. Getting bored is a hurdle to get over, it’s very common, but once you start and keep doing it (if you can daily) it’s helpful. Plus, start for just a minute to get the feel of it and go from there. It gets easier. It can also make you feel better physically and of course, mentally. Thank you so much for the complement – the feeling is mutual 🙂

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