A lot of people think Mondays suck. On the surface, I’m quick to agree. Then I remind myself that our experience in this life is always s u b j e c t i v e to our p e r s p e c t i v e.
When I started practicing meditation 6 years ago, I read about the profound benefits it has on one’s sense of well being, but I sometimes found it hard, or downright boring, to sit alone with my thoughts. I thought that yoga and meditation could sincerely impact other people, but I was not one of them. However, after one year of consistent practice, I have noticed a positive change in my thought processes.
I think it’s important for everyone to take time out of their busy lives, even if it’s just for 5 minutes a day, to be with themselves as a nonjudgmental observer of their thoughts. When you learn how to stop judging your own experience, you find it easier to stop judging other people, which strengthens your relationships with others and with yourself.
You are not your thoughts. Let your thoughts flow, and learn to let them go.
If you’re having trouble with this, here’s a tip that centers me: Imagine your breath and your thoughts as waves of the ocean – constantly flowing in and out of you, always evolving.
Throughout the day today, take a moment to focus on your breath. Observe it, see how it feels and changes throughout the day. If you begin to feel stressed, overwhelmed, overjoyed, or sad — whatever mood you begin attaching yourself to — just go back to thinking of your breath as the ocean. Notice all the sensations around you, and breathe.
If you want more information on mindfulness, here’s a good article to read: