I posted a poll on Facebook asking whether people thought I am a person who would meditate or not. The excitement to find out if I do or do not is palpable!
Anyway, I do not. But I downloaded Dan Harris’s app, 10% Happier because I really like him and his snarky funny intelligence. I am really enjoying the app and enjoying five minutes of meditation a day. I would recommend it. I won’t pay for the subscription service, but I think the free one will work for me for quite a while.
When I started listening to it, the short lessons and then the actual meditation I realized that I am adept at this. I feel like I have already gone through all these lessons, but I haven’t. So then after spending some time thinking about it I realize it’s a strange conglomeration of years of listening to people talk about it, lots of yoga corpse pose, and lots of yoga breathing, and learning how to deal with stressful medical procedures and pain, and years of migraines! It is the migraine one that really caught me off guard.
When I am in terrible pain, ie. a migraine, I learned to breathe into the pain, to start exploring the pain rather than trying to shut it out and this is apparently what you do to learn how to meditate thought distractions, both in your surroundings and your body.
Yoga taught me to focus on my breath which is a very important and useful skill to have. I have been using it over and over and over again during uncomfortable medical times.
I am definitely a sum of all of my experiences.