Like yoga, I sought out meditation during med school. I was visiting a friend in LA, but she had to work leaving me to explore new things on my own. I picked up a book on meditation, read a few paragraphs and gave it a try. I must have looked pretty funny lying flat on my back (savasana pose) in her guest bedroom saying a mantra out loud. Nothing profound happened in my less than three-minute effort. It was a one and done for me.
I never thought about meditating again until my daughter’s health took a serious detour fifteen years later. Her physical and emotional symptoms equaled a BIG ball of STRESS for me. Thud! I was on full-tilt sympathetic overload. I found myself revving up with a cup of coffee every morning, sugar rushing mid-afternoon, and winding down most evenings with a glass of wine.
Turns out caffeine, sugar and alcohol were not solving any problems for me.
I reunited with meditation after a 15-year hiatus with a FREE 21-day meditation challenge (p.18). Every time I meditated I was never able to stay with my breath and my mind wandered all over the place. I felt I had failed yet somehow this meditation thing still worked! Rather than resist, or even try to solve my daughter’s dis-ease, I was able to begin to accept it with all it’s “ugly” glory. My empathy for her grew BIGGER than the big ball of stress her dis-ease presented to me.
I’d love to know…
Have you tried meditation and “failed’?
How do you find meditation helps you?
If you’re struggling to merge meditation into your life
see p.18 for the one I use and how I use it.
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Sue McCreadie, MD
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