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This is Considered Relaxing? Really?

January 6, 2013

So … I’ve decided to try meditation. I’ve contemplated practicing it for a while now because it’s supposed to help combat stress, but I didn’t start until after the first of the year. Since then, I’ve set aside about 15 minutes every day to spend in quiet contemplation.

The problem is I’m not sure I’m not doing it right.

So far, my sessions have gone a little like this:

Turn on the guided meditation. Get comfortable. Close my eyes. Breathe deep. Clear my mind. Focus only on the inhalation and exhalation.

Breathe in …

Breathe out …

Breathe in …

Breathe out …

Mmmm … this is really relaxing … I can’t feel any tension in my body. This is nice … how do I do this … ARGH! I’m supposed to concentrate on my breathing …

Breathe in …

Breathe out …

Breathe in …

“Snrkkkkkk … ehhhh …. snrrkkkk … ehhh …”

Man, Cooper can really snore when he’s deep in sleep. What’s up with that? I don’t think I’ve ever heard … Crap! I’m not supposed to be thinking about that …

Breathe in …

Breathe out …

“Slurp, slurp, slurp, snorkle, slllluuuuuurrrpppp …”

Gross! Why does Gus have to be so loud when he’s grooming himself? That’s just disgusting. How am I supposed to tune that out? Maybe next time, I should lock the animals out of the room. Of course, if I do that, they’ll just whine and scratch at the door and that will annoy … Darn it! Wrong thing to think about …

Breathe in …

Breathe out …

Breathe in …

Brea …

[Body jerks as I catch myself about to fall asleep]

Repeat after me: Meditation is not sleeping … meditation is not sleeping … Why in the world do I feel the urge to drift off every time I stop thinking or close my eyes? Is that normal?

Imagine that basic pattern repeated over and over again for 15 minutes. Not pretty, right?

Yeah … I’m pretty sure I’m not doing it right …

From → Observations

2 Comments
  1. Amy Johnston permalink

    I. LOVE. IT.

  2. Kendra permalink

    Sounds like the book Eat, Pray, Love. 🙂 Reading about her meditation experiences was pretty comical! ❤ Best wishes Julie!

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