Meditate or else people!
Everyone keeps telling us that we need to meditate. That everyone else in the world meditates and that we must do so also. If you’re a certain age, if you grind your teeth, if you have back pain, there is a cure all!
We are convinced that we cannot do this mystical ten-letter practice, because: we’re in a Facebook war with someone we’ve never met about the state of the Economy and the traffic is bad and we have to get to our workout class and we don’t have any food in the house and our car needs a tune-up and we don’t have any time for this meditation stuff cause we simply cannot add another thing to our list.
Allow me to take the pressure off the idea of cramming in doing something that’s supposed to relax you.
I’m going to tell you first and foremost to stop using the word meditation.
Just think of it as shutting off your mind. Next, commit to just sitting with no thought for thirty or forty-five seconds. You’re just going to take less than sixty seconds for yourself one time a day to think thoughts that you don’t even know exist in your brain. Because how can things come up for you, how can you have new thoughts and plans and future-thinking (and all that stuff fifty-somethings must do when they’ve been left) if there’s a constant tape playing in your head?
Then people tell you you need a mantra. “So how do I find one of those?” you stress to yourself about a practice that’s supposed to relieve your stress.
Oh and to make matters worse, it should probably be a Sanskrit word.
I feel a hyperventilating moment coming on.
No worries. I’m gonna help you out. I’m going to give you a word. Right now. It’s better if it’s a word you don’t know the meaning of.
The word is “Numinous.”
You are all going to use the word, “Numinous.” You are going to sit down, blot out everything and not worry about that expiring Bed Bath & Beyond coupon. Just shut your “mouth-brain” up and see the word Numinous. You don’t know what it means? You don’t have to. Envision whatever it could possibly mean to you. Think of the word Numinous and see what comes up. I bet nothing will, and that’s the beauty of it. Just don’t think of anything but Numinous. For twenty seconds…Numinous. Take a deep breath. Try to slow your breathing for twenty seconds. Maybe twenty-five.
Hmmm that was easy so let’s try forty-five seconds. You are NOT meditating. You are just emptying your brain for forty-five seconds and thinking of a very simple three syllable word. Nu-Mi-Nous. That’s all you’re doing. It’s not mystical.
Open your eyes. Guess what you just did?
We all go through major life transitions when relationships end… Through this website, I will share my thoughts as I walk the path of “New-Self” discovery. It doesn’t matter which side of 50 you are on. The real question is, Are you ready to live life? To forge a Path of Your Own Making (For a change!)? Then stop dwelling over the What-Might-Have-Beens and join me. Share your thoughts here, comment on mine, and let’s do this together!