At any point in time when your mind is either completely focused or completely quiet, you are meditating. If you think about it, life itself is one giant meditation exercise – if you are completely focused on what you are doing – reading, in deep conversation with someone, constructing a blog post, scrolling through your Facebook feed, deciding what you are going to have for dinner… – or if you are sitting quietly, not engaging with any particular thought, you are meditating.
So, innately, you have the ability. The secret, however, is to realise when your focused mind is actually causing you some level of dis-ease, and no matter what you do, slipping in to the “sitting quietly, not engaging with any particular thought” version of meditation feels pretty much impossible.
How do you know if you’ve reached that point of no return? In simple terms, you are ready to “fight, take flight, or freeze”.
To keep you safe, your brain has already bolted and left the building, and sent your body out of what should be it’s normal, homeostatic state (that is, a constant, balanced internal environment). Now, the additional issue with this is that, in this day and age, with our senses being overloaded 24/7, via whatever mobile device is your choice of weapon, the driver that cut you off in the merging space, the colleague who just gets up your nose simply because they’re breathing, ridiculous and unrealistic deadlines at work (etc. you get the idea), what’s considered “normal” is not what it used to be. Back in the day, if you were being pursued by a saber-toothed tiger and managed to escape, and the threat passed, your body was able to recalibrate and return to homeostasis pretty quickly. That doesn’t happen anymore, and we are more dis-eased than ever before.
Our longevity is on shaky ground…