In today’s world, we are always engaged by something. Our cell phones, laptops, televisions, tablets, and so on. But that’s not all; we are constantly engaging our brains in other ways that don’t necessarily involve technology, such as conversations with each other, thoughts of the future, remembering bills that are due, planning what to do on the weekend. What I am trying to get at is we never really give our brains a break. Even when my head hits the pillow every night, thoughts are still swirling around in my head as I try to relax and go to bed. It was never something that bothered me or that I really noticed. I accepted it as normal.
One day as I was wasting my free time away on the internet, as I do most days, I stumbled upon a TED talk entitled “All it takes is 10 mindful minutes” by Andy Puddicombe. This mindfulness expert goes on to talk about how much we rely on our brain and don’t even realize it. The mind is not looked at as a part of the body that needs maintenance. Every day we use our mind to its absolute limits and think nothing of it. We constantly allow our mind to wonder about what is next or what had just happened, we forget to let our brain function in the present.
What Andy doesn’t mention in the video is that he has an app called Headspace that helps teach you how to experience these ten mindful minutes. It is free to download from the Apple app store and Android app store and walks you through ten days of lessons on how to slow things down and meditate for just ten minutes a day. I am not promising you that this app will solve all your problems or be a life changing experience. For me however, it was a rather rewarding experience. I found myself struggling to set aside ten minutes a day to listen to the lessons. It really made me ask myself, why is it so hard to sit and do nothing for ten minutes? I had become so used to constantly engaging my brain that to leave it in an open and vulnerable state was very alien and uncomfortable for me. It felt like a waste. However by day ten I was really looking forward to my meditation. For me it turned into a great way to end a day of work. It allowed me to uncork and slow things down for a minute instead of thinking about how my day went, what my day looks like tomorrow, or what my weekend plans are. It allows me, even if it just for ten minutes a day, to live in the present. I encourage you all to give it a shot and let me know what you think!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzR62JJCMBQ – Ted Talk
While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along. – Allan Lokos