“Meditation suffers from a towering PR problem.”
-Dan Harris, 10% Happier
People tell me all the time that they can’t meditate — they tried it and their minds are spinning wildly and they can’t stop their thoughts.
I’m sorry to break this to you because I’m sure you are an absolutely delightful person: but your brain is not special. It’s not.
That is what everyone’s brain does. It’s your brain’s job to always look for problems. That’s how it has kept you alive.
Saying you can’t meditate because you can’t stop your thoughts is like saying you can’t play basketball because you aren’t a unicorn. Of course you are not a unicorn and of course you can’t stop your thoughts.
Luckily, we’re not trying to stop our thoughts when we meditate. We’re just trying to shift our relationship with them and realize those manic thoughts don’t have to run our whole damn lives.
Meditation was an absolute game-changer for me – it helped me get a handle on my anxiety and depression, and I believe it can help everyone. It’s not woo-woo hippie stuff. It’s science.
For me, meditation is like brushing my teeth. It might not be a thrilling activity, but it’s vital to my health. And it makes me much more pleasant to be around. Trust me.
I made a little guided meditation audio for you, dear person who thinks they can’t meditate. The mediation part is just five minutes – you can totally handle that. Five minutes. Once a day. Not a BFD.
Happy breathing, everyone.
(And if you’re interested in learning more, I write extensively on meditation in my new book Not Just Me: anxiety, depression, and learning to embrace your weird.)