A participant at my community meditation session this week was interested to know why people had come to the group.
Why did they want to meditate or learn more about it?
It’s a great question, and the simple answer is, for many reasons.
Usually it’s because they want to learn how to relax more, or engender a sense of calmness.
To try to find an antidote to our busy and chaotic lives.
Some people want to quieten their mind, often referred to as the ‘monkey mind’ where it tends to be unsettled, restless, or confused. It’s often judgemental and your negative inner critic – “you’re not going to be able to do this”.
This quote from meditation teacher Allan Lokos seems appropriate here:
“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts”.
Many people use meditation as a way to relieve stress or anxiety.
Others to improve their focus, concentration and self-awareness.
Whatever the reason – there are so many positives – including physical, emotional and mental health benefits.
So make some time for yourself, find a group or class, or find a meditation app and give it a go.