Busy Mind? Yes, You Can Meditate! Here’s Why

“Stacey, I can’t meditate because my mind is too busy!” Sound familiar?

I hear this so often, and I’ll tell you, I used to share the same belief! I love thinking, I love contemplating things, I can’t quiet my mind.

I was introduced to this idea that meditation is not necessarily about already having a clear mind, or about clearing your mind, but one of the benefits of meditation is to actually just to observe the busyness of your mind.

If we're not careful, our minds and our thoughts are controlling us, rather than us controlling our thoughts.

Imagine sitting still and in silence. In the beginning it might be 30 seconds or a minute, but now that you’re sitting in silence, you can start to actually notice how busy your mind is.

You’re thinking about what’s for dinner, you’re thinking about what color you’re gonna paint your bedroom, you’re wondering about what time you have to pick the kids up, you’re in a million different places, and you’re able to notice how your mind jumps around and what kinds of thoughts come up.

Your mind was that busy anyways, and it was going a mile a minute, you just hadn’t taken the time to notice it. This brings us into greater awareness of what’s actually happening in our minds. And if we’re not careful, our minds are controlling us, our thoughts are controlling us, rather than us controlling our thoughts.

 

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So the power of meditation is sitting still. Sitting in stillness. You may prefer a guided meditation or just a silent meditation.

So you sit in silence and you set the timer just for two minutes. In that two minutes, as you sit down and you take a few breaths, you notice your breath, “I’m inhaling in, I’m exhaling out. I’m inhaling in, I’m exhaling… what’s for dinner tonight? I’ve got to go pick that up. Oh I can’t really forget this!” And pretty soon your mind goes off. The moment you notice, oh my mind got busy – don’t judge those thoughts, don’t make those thoughts wrong, just notice them and come back.

“Now I’m breathing in, now I’m breathing out. Now I’m breathing in, now I’m breathing… Oh I have to remember to call this person and go here”, and there go our minds again. And they absolutely will want to try to take us all over the place. The moment we notice, off we go again, we take a breath and reset. “I’m breathing in, I’m breathing out.”

The goal here is to become more aware of those thoughts and to increase this muscle in our ability to interrupt that thought and come back to stillness. Then make a practice of this in meditation, sitting in stillness for a few moments during the day.

The more that you’re able to steal your mind, the more you’re able to control those thoughts, it will be easier to do.

If you can imagine, you’re building that muscle so that when you are in the busyness of your day, with lots happening, you’re able to control your thinking and your mind, allowing you to come back to your centre, to that grounded place, so that your thoughts are not controlling your life. You are controlling your thoughts.

Therefore, you are creating the results that you want to create.

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If you have a busy mind and you think that that is why you can’t meditate, that’s exactly why I encourage you to experiment with the meditation practice. You will feel more grounded, you will feel less stressed out, it will relax your nervous system, you’ll sleep better, you’ll be able to control your emotions more throughout the day, there are countless benefits to meditation.

It’s the willingness to be quiet with ourselves and our thoughts. Not to be in judgment, but just for the purpose of that growth.

I have recorded a guided meditation, it’s just five minutes and it’s a free resource for you if you wanted to download that and use that as a practice to start building this awareness of your thoughts bringing yourself back to centre so that you feel more calm, more relaxed, and that you truly can live a life you love.

 

Stacey

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Stacey Berger

Stacey Berger

After 16 years of climbing the corporate ladder, mentoring entrepreneurs in marking, operations and finance, I made the decision in 2014 to teach success principles full time, combining my love of business and personal development.

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