"You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour."
It's easy to think that meditation just isn't for you. I often hear from others that they just can't sit still for more than 5 minutes, or you have too many thoughts racing through your mind.
Before I began meditating daily, I had similar fears and misconceptions. Truth be told - I didn't start a regular meditation practice until 2 years ago, so I remember the struggle I had in seeing myself as a meditator.
So, in today's newsletter I'm going to do some meditation myth-busting. And, even if you have a strong meditation practice - I encourage you to share this list with one person in your life who believes they can't meditate and watch the magic happen.
"When you focus on the good, the good gets better."
Our environment has a large impact on how we view the world.
It doesn't matter whether it's the state of your home, or what you consume on social media. There's no denying that our environment, online or in real life, affects our mood, our thoughts and how we interact with others.
"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you need to just breathe, let go and trust that everything will work out."
Who says that we need to plan every second of every day?
I often feel "lazy" if I don't send that last email (just one more!), or use up every second of that free hour. If you're like me, it's easy to feel like a failure if we're not constantly the most proactive, the most involved, or the most efficient.
"Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley."
Our theme this month at Anchor is Trust - and trusting isn't always easy...especially when you can't see the path in front of you.
In the midst of a difficult situation, we tend to overthink. We jump from point A to Z - running through every possible situation, mostly leaning towards the negative. The worst outcome possible (just in case).
In our world today, one where it feels like almost everything is uncertain, trusting feels difficult to do. Whether it's fearing for our safety as citizens or the bubbling anxiety over everyday decisions, it can be hard to trust that everything is unfolding how it's meant to.
"The thing about meditation is...you become more and more you."
It was about this time last year when the idea of Anchor came to me. I was driven by this deep desire to learn more about meditation after I noticed how a simple 10-minute at home practice made a huge difference in my sleep, my pain, my stress, my relationships, and my overall sense of well being.
But, a little something was missing. I needed a community to share my practice with.
"What if we recharged ourselves as often as we did our phones?"
There is power in quietness. In stillness. In pausing and reflecting.
In our world today, it's easy for us to constantly be on the go. We are often running from work to the gym to cooking dinner without a breather. And, when we finally have the chance to slow down, we are so drained from our constant movement - we don't have the energy to reflect.
So, here's a challenge for you to think about: What would happen if you took some time to recharge?
In the quiet of meditation, we notice that between every thought there is a space. It's in that space where our freedom of choice resides. In being with ourselves, we find the pause, the space between each thought. This is our place of calm, wisdom and strength.