In a recent conversation with a seasoned yoga instructor, we delved into the various forms of meditation. It struck me how often we tend to make it more complex than it needs to be. I’ve attempted what I thought was ‘true’ meditation countless times, often concluding that I’m just not cut out for it. But is that really the case, or was it simply that particular style of meditation wasn’t the right fit for me?
I’ve experimented with multiple meditation apps, where a soothing voice guides you through the process, urging you to let go of your thoughts and concentrate on your breath. For me, this typically lasts a mere 5 seconds before the mental gears start churning at full throttle. It’s not that my mind is overrun with negative thoughts; more often, it’s quite the opposite. It’s just that my mind is in a perpetual state of activity—it never seems to slow down, except when I’m engrossed in a CrossFit session.
During CrossFit, my mind is singularly focused. It’s consumed by the movement, the sensations coursing through my body, the rhythm of my breath, and how many reps are left. I am completely immersed in the workout. Perhaps, for me, this is my form of meditation. I relish the fact that for a full hour, my mind is committed to the task in front of me, devoid of the usual stream of thoughts and ideas. Isn’t this, in essence, the essence of meditation?
According to trusty old Wikipedia, meditation is defined as:
“Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.”
Seen in this light, meditation doesn’t appear nearly as daunting. Discover something—anything—that captivates you, engages your mind, and momentarily transports you from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Breathe deeply and immerse yourself fully, even if it’s just for a few precious moments each day.