Imagine you had a chair, and every time you sat in it you’d grow healthier and younger in spirit. Fatigue, anxiety and stress lifted; your blood pressure normalized; you slept better at night; and your relationships miraculously improved. The need for medication diminished, and you lived a longer, more focused, and happier life.
This is a magical chair. Everywhere you go, the chair will be. Does this sound too good to be true? It is not! For those practicing Effortless Meditation™, you have such a chair. Of course, this is a metaphor.
To gain these benefits from sitting in the chair, you need to do something, although not much. You close your eyes and effortlessly meditate. During meditation, your conscious awareness contacts the healing and revitalizing force inside all of us, deep rest. The results are magical.
And unlike most possessions that depreciate in time – cars, furniture, and appliances; this chair appreciates in value. The more that we sit in it (to meditate), the more valuable it becomes. Today, I get as much or more from each sitting as when I learned to meditate over 40 years ago.
Now, here are two simple questions. Knowing of the above benefits to sitting in this chair, would you make time to sit? Would these benefits or outcomes be important to you?
Meditation – It’s not all or nothing
You may be thinking, “I’d like the benefits, however I don’t have time to meditate.” I hope that assessment will not discourage you from trying. While 15 – 20 minutes twice a day is often recommended to adults, it might seem unworkable for you. That’s OK. There is something here for everyone.
When I learned to meditate, I was single and had no children. It was relatively simple to make time for meditation practice before and after work. It was effortless to do and rewarding. For others however, the demands of daily life may be more intense than mine were. Not to worry.
If the benefits discussed here are attractive, and 15 – 20 minute periods are out of the question, chunk it down. It’s not all or nothing. Make a commitment to practice for 5 minutes at a sitting once or twice a day, no matter what. You are worth it! Then after a month see if you’d like to increase your time by 2 minutes.
After a few months you will most likely have increased your meditation time and the process will be sustainable. Congratulations. Routines become habits and this routine/practice pays huge dividends.
Most see some significant impact from their meditation in just the first few days – less stress, more energy, inner peace. However, even better news is that the benefits accumulate over a lifetime. Just keep leaning toward progress. You will be delighted that you stuck with it.
Stress Reduction Resources, Director