I started adding 15 minutes of meditation to my daily routine about 2 years ago. Then over time I started to see the benefits and increased it to 20 minutes, then 30 minutes and now I do an hour each day. Why would I do such a thing?
If you would have asked me when I started if I could dedicate a whole hour out of my busy day to that I would have given you an absolute no.
I often get asked what I get out of it but it’s less about what I get and more about what I lose.
Meditation has helped me lose anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity and fear.
Sitting with yourself may seem boring for you but that’s the point and that’s why you need it.
Out of this boredom comes amazing things.
What meditation does is create some space in your head so you can, as the Buddhists say, “respond” rather than simply “react” to life. In the Buddhist view, you can’t control what comes up in your head; it all arises out of a mysterious void.
We spend a lot of time judging ourselves harshly for feelings that we had no role in creating. The only thing we can control is how we handle it.
Meditation helps with that.
Join me on Parliament hill in Ottawa every Monday at 12pm starting May 28th through August 27th for Happiness on the hill where amazing teachers will guide us through meditations.