Does Meditation Scare You?
“I know meditation would be good for me, but…”
The list of reasons not to meditate is endless:
I can’t find the time.
I don’t know how.
I don’t have a place to meditate.
I wouldn’t feel comfortable going to a meditation class.
I’m too shy to meditate around other people.
My family will think I’m ____________ (fill in the blank).
If you find the idea of meditating intimidating, you’re not alone. As a Kripalu yoga teacher, I’ve incorporated meditation into every single class. While I strive to ensure each student has a positive experience in the class, I can tell some people simply don’t want to meditate. They fidget. They make odd faces. Oh, sure, their eyes are closed. But I can see the thoughts running across their furrowed brows.
Meditation doesn’t have to be scary. It doesn’t have to be frustrating. In fact, if you give it a try, you may find that meditation becomes the part of your day you most look forward to. It’s a time for you to just be. Go nowhere. Do nothing. Just be.
There are different styles of meditation, of course. Some people chant loudly, focusing all their attention on a repetitive mantra. Others remain silent, and focus their attention on the breath. In the ancient art of Pranayama (yogic breathing), the focus is on controlling the breath and using specific breathing patterns to deepen relaxation and spiritual opening. Mantra meditation can also be silent - as the practitioner simply focuses their mind on a single word or phrase. Japa meditation involves chanting the sound “Aahhh” while holding a phrase or a prayer in the mind. Creative visualization is another form of meditation, which resembles daydreaming.
With so many different varieties to choose from, you’re bound to find one you like. So, give it a try. Any of the links in this article can lead you down a path to meditation.