If you’ve ever uttered the words, “I can’t meditate, my mind is too busy” – you’re definitely not alone.
Even if you’re a regular meditator, you might still throw your arms up in frustration from time to time. “My mind won’t settle. What’s wrong with me?”
The good news is, this statement is only true because we have somehow defined meditation as clearing our mind.
Perhaps this definition came about like the game Chinese Whispers we’d play as kids. 😬
What started out as something entirely different, ended up here, admitted into the urban hall of truth.
But what if meditation wasn’t the defined as clearing your mind, but instead the process of trusting your mind to roam and come back, roam and come back?
Where the roaming is as important (if not more?), as the returning?
Developing trust in this definition takes time. We once believed the earth was flat and not round, but we got there in the end.
Developing trust in this process also takes time.
And from here, slowly but surely, we build trust in ourselves.
We become more comfortable with not knowing how things will pan out exactly, and that control – either of our thoughts in meditation – or how life unfolds itself – is just an illusion.
Once this clicks, voila! Meditation – and life – gets a little easier.
Next time you sit down to meditate, don’t be afraid to let your mind off its leash. Even an inch or two.
Trust that awareness will find you. That peace will find you. And experience how liberating letting go really can be.