We’re sharing some personal hurdles and challenges that our mentors and teachers faced as they started practicing.
This week, iBme mentor (and artist!) Cara Lai Fitzgibbon talks about one:
When I first started meditating, one hump I had to get over was that whenever I would meditate, I would usually just start remembering all the other things I could or should be doing, until finally I would just get so antsy that I would literally jump up from my cushion. But the more I meditated, the more I realized how much more productive meditation was than doing any of those other things I was thinking about could ever have been. Plus it was a good excuse to not have to do anything for once, and just be.
So true! It takes practice but eventually, you can remind yourself that the “great idea” that you had or “very important thing” will still be there waiting for you in 5, 10, or 15 minutes. And in the meantime, be forgiving when you can’t let it go! As many teachers say, training the mind is like training a puppy—sometimes you have to keep reminding it to “drop it”.
Screenshot from dog training video