{more benefits of meditation}

<p class=”p1″>So why meditate right?</p>
There’s a ton of reasons that lurk beneath the surface, most of them lost to more and more layers of esoteric nonsense that leaves newbies isolated and confused.
But wait, there’s more.

Now you leave those interested without a path to actually getting started with a practice. Besides all the over-your-head jargon, there is a need to provide authority through authenticity. An actual help for those who want to start on likely, one of the most important journeys of their lives.

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<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>It sounds silly to say but the transition from the mind full of crap to being Mindful is a long way but a simple step, <b>Slow the Mental Roll</b>.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Our minds are pretty amazing they store tons of information, keep us doing stuff like breathing without us having to think about it, and, remembering cheat codes to Grand Theft Auto 17 years after the fact.

{more benefits of meditation}<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>We are in no way trying turn off the brain or space out for our time on the cushion.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>We are trying to take this mental freight train and haul it down, or take some ownership of your thinking meat, I mean it is yours.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Imagine your thoughts like watching a movie frame by frame that’s what we’re after.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>We want to slow the stream down to that point.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>With each thought or frame let it come and let it go.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Don’t invite that bitch inside, just let it pass.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Slowing the stream helps kick that sweet tendency of one thought to lead to 784 per minute, which stresses us out, amps us up, and keeps us spinning our wheels.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Once you get good at it you’ll start to notice some spaces between the thoughts.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Shit just got real!<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Now that we are no longer drowning in the fire hose like stream of constant thought we have a little room to <b>Focus on Now. </b></span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Most hear this and think “Pff it’s always now, what else would I think about?”.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>When you’re driving in your car and you’re heading to work, what are you thinking about?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>The day ahead, tasks you know you have to finish, filing TPS reports or whatever but not the drive itself.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>We all do this autopilot, cruise control thing where we just stay cocooned in our own little worlds rarely stepping out if ever.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>We never realize we are the ones the made the prison and we’re the ones holding the door shut.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span><b>Focusing on Now</b> is about busting that rut.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>When you breathe, where do you feel that sensation?<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Some say upper lip, some say nostrils, others like to stick with the rise and fall of the abdomen as they breathe, where exactly is not so important.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>What matters is that focus on a sensation that is currently happening, not practice, not assignments, not peanut butter-jelly time, but right now, this moment.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>If the breath is floating your boat, no problem, when you walk feel the sensation of your feet touching the ground.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>If you drive a bunch focus on the sensation of your buns in the seat, or the texture of the steering wheel, or, how hard you give the finger to the donk that’s been tailgating you for the past 8 miles. Now you have to drive slow until you both die, #realtalk.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>The point is get you some now!<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Next up is don’t bitch out… {benefits of meditation}</span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″><b>Remain Persistent </b>in your attempts to quiet your mind this will get you further than most others.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>The mind is persistent and slippery as well.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>To be fair this pattern has been reinforced in literally every moment of your life.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>This training of quieting the mind is very much against the ingrained patterns we follow.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Remember back to when you learned to ride a bike, you would roll a bit, then crash or fall over.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Then, you’d get back up dust yourself off, hide the tears if your friends were watching, and do it again!<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>This trial and error has a lot to teach. <span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>When it comes to meditation the trials and errors may result in bringing up old memories, or falling asleep.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>In the last 9 years of practice I haven’t injured my body yet.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Well except for the time I fell off the edge of the bed when I fell asleep, but that’s just part of the fun.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You’re going to encounter times when you “don’t feel like it”, you’re “too tired”, you’re “not in the mood”.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Heeding those feelings are a personal choice, however you won’t gain any ground that way.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>We have to continue to exercise that muscle again and again.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Every time you fall away from your object of meditation, just gently bring that mofo back to the object again and again until the end of the session.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Some days you may miss the mark and that’s okay just remain persistent and steadfast, after all this is your mental health and arena of practice.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>The final point that brings a lot of folks down is shame.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span><b>Don’t be ashamed of your path up to this point.</b></span></p>
<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Quieting the mind is a daunting task in it’s own right don’t toss shame into the mix and sour your flow.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span><b>Don’t be ashamed of your journey.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span></b>Not now, not ever!<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Too many times people, especially in the West, think they’re letting down baby Jesus or something.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>You’re Grandma or parents may give you a hard time but this is your life and your practice.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Taking ownership of your shit is your birth right.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>So pretty much screw the nay sayers.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>It can be lonely not having anyone to practice with, like the man says “It’s better to go it alone than to travel the path with fools.”<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Look me in the eye… you are the captain now.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>If you wake up at the crack of noon, and meditate in your bath robe that’s on you.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Don’t let the humble nature of your practice make you feel inadequate or deficient you are daring to do a thing few can even fathom.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Your past is very much a deepening of your practice.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>I always use the phrase <i>The Sinner is the Sage, </i>nothing could be more fitting for what’s going down here.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Just like trees if we want to reach up to heaven, our roots will reach to Hell.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>There is no shame in past what matter is now, what will you do with it!</span></p>
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