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"I can't meditate" (Part 1)

Updated: May 17, 2022

How do I meditate? Am I doing it right? Is it normal that I struggle? Where is the void? All I see is me thinking and trying to stay still on my butt.


It's too hard.


Meditate? Heuu jpp that's for high people. No thanks. I don't want to be with myself and all its thoughts and feelings. Nop nop. Don't want to look at my thoughts of selfhate. No thanks.

I want myself much more than that.


MOUHAHAHAHA; welcome to this meditation serie.


Darlings, in this series of 3 articles (because I wanted to save you 10 minutes of straight reading), we are going to take a closer look at several points related to meditation. We will shed some light on this. Dispelling fears, misunderstandings, frustrations.


Meditation may seem to be something very alien to some people. A practice far from us, foreign, that we look at with suspicion, disinterested or ironic.


Yet it is an incredible tool, natural and so close to us.


It's not about doing something new, having to learn a method, and then being defined by it.


No. We are talking about sitting, standing, eating, working, reading, listening and so many other daily activities. Only, by approaching them from another perspective.


We propose to change the angle of view. To spice up this daily routine a bit.


It is exciting and thrilling.


Free, accessible to anyone in any situation, context, life environment and so on.


The only prerequisite is to be alive (i.e. physically fit) and to have the desire/willingness/curiosity to dive into it.


First point : "to meditate is to make the void, it is not to think any more"


Aaaah mis amigas y amigos. Sinceramente espero que no caigas en esto miscompréhension.

It is not necessary to define meditation in this way when you are a beginner.

ESPECIALLY when you are a beginner. These concepts, of "emptiness", of "not thinking" are in reality very nuanced and come from a deep understanding of the Self. To understand them, you have to understand yourself. That is to say, to begin by meditating without expectations, without looking for a particular result.


This is where intuition comes in. The certainty or the feeling that we touch something very close to us, an immeasurable potential.

Basically, that it speaks to us.


For you to see more clearly, these concepts have only been communicated post practice. That is to say, they are terms that came about after many years, or days or whatever, of regular introspective practice / art of living.


What interests us is to explore, to observe, to tame this new angle of view.


For this, we learn to use the following tool: the AtTEnTion. Indeed, to guarantee you an unusual journey, this will be your guide. Otherwise, if you choose to meditate alone, the guide will help you become aware of this tool, the attention, by directing it. Hence the interest in also reading about the essence of yoga and other exploratory perceptions to understand where to put our attention during sitting meditation and daily activities (I AM THAT by Nisargadatta Maharaj, here I am, here I am).


* I have also shared many references with you through the blog articles.

Through the articles Links of the week that you will find on the blog.


To finish on this point, we take the time every day, regularly to meditate in a sitting position to develop this attention, to better understand ourselves, to cultivate our resources in order to use them, then, at every moment of our day.



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It is therefore a matter of establishing a habit for 5 to 20-30 minutes, or more depending on your path, every day in order to be able to meditate in activity. I insist on this point because you can start by meditating in the shower while feeling the sensations, or while walking for example, but know that this is not enough to develop your consciousness. Sitting meditation provides a basis for further development in daily life. Similarly, practicing it without introspection, observation in daily life limits its impact if it is not included in the activities that follow it.


I would like to finish this introduction by saying that it is not necessary to have a super quiet place. If possible, of course, this is the best we can do, but if not, it is also part of meditation to accept the noises and movements around us. You learn all the more to concentrate on what is important to you.


I particularly enjoy meditating in the wilderness when I have the opportunity. You realize a lot of things. The meditations are very deep. I choose a tree or a raised rock depending on the location. The tree is very inspiring and wise. It is an example of a meditator. I like to be accompanied by its support and wisdom.


In the next article (part 2 of the series) we will look at the more technical aspects of meditation. Why should the back be straight? Can we meditate lying down? Why is it important to be relaxed? How to do this? What is the role of dynamic asanas (postures) in a practice? How can I stay seated longer ?


In the meantime, in the same theme, you can also read or reread : Introduction to meditation (I tell you a story to illustrate meditation and the discoveries it implies) and the article What is mindfulness ?


Feel free to browse through the blog, I introduce many perspectives, discoveries through these practices and introspections.


I hope you enjoy this series as much as I do,

Tenderness

One with the breath,

See you soon


- Marie Mazeau Yoga teacher in Paris and online internationally. Beyond time and space. Guiding with gentleness, mindfulness and Joy.

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