10 Thoughts We’ve All Had While Meditating
Updated: Oct 5, 2019
When you hear the word “meditation,” what do you visualize? It could be a person seated in a lotus pose beside a wondrous waterfall. Or perhaps someone perfectly at ease in a luscious green field. Maybe you see the silhouette of someone standing beside the ocean as waves lap on the sand. The embodiment of peace, harmony, zen - a quiet and still mind.
If you’ve ever tried meditation, you know that may not always be the case.
I was first introduced to meditating during my yoga teacher training, and it was tough - mentally and physically. Turns out sitting still with an empty mind is not as easy as I thought…
More often than not, I find that my mind wanders off even more when I sit down for my meditation practice. Sound familiar?
Meditation made more sense to me when it was explained like this: when we meditate, it’s not to rid ourselves of thoughts or empty the mind. Instead, it’s a practice of controlling our thoughts. Our minds are constantly buzzing, and the truth is that only we have the tools to take charge of that. Essentially, when we practice meditation, we are exercising our minds to strengthen that power and take it back.
Easier said than done, right? Despite our best efforts, sometimes our thoughts do indeed get the best of us. Here are 10 relatable thoughts that we’ve all likely had pop into our ever-cluttered brains while trying to reach enlightenment.
1. Do I really have time to do this right now?
Ah yes, the guilt - it can be hard for us to accept that doing “nothing” is in fact a valuable use of our time.
2. What am I supposed to do with my hands?
The fidgeting commences.
3. Sure, but as soon as this is over, I’m going to …
In an attempt to rectify number one, our instinct is to promise we’ll make “better” use of our time when we’re done.
4. Oh no, I have an itch. What am I supposed to do with my hands, anyway?
Will it break my “zen” if I take my fingernails to that mosquito bite?
5. How long has it been?
It feels like it’s been 10 minutes - I have to be almost done by now (when, in reality, it’s likely only been three-and-a-half).
6. Is mediating this hard for everyone? What is wrong with my brain?
Cue that picture-perfect picture of harmonious tranquility from the beginning. Why can’t I be as chill as that guy at the waterfall?
7. Okay, this is actually great. Why don’t I take time for myself more often? Maybe I’ll be one of “those people” who says meditating is one of their hobbies. How ~zen~ of me.
8. Everyone should do this.
Connecting with a little peace and quiet would do everyone a world of good; I can’t help but imagine a friendlier universe if everyone set aside a bit of inner-self time.
9. Wait. It’s over?!
Time may have crawled in the beginning, yet it seems to go by in the blink of an eye.
10. I can’t wait to do this again tomorrow.