I am a long time failure at meditation. No matter what I do the monkey mind always wins. I have tried many different types of meditation.
- Following my breath – I always end up hyperventilating.
- My own secret mantra – which eventually bores me and I end up tying to think up a new secret word instead of meditating.
- Listening to the surrounding sounds – this one is a total distraction. Depending on my mood I can freak out and think someone is in the house waiting to accost me or that the water is running in the toilet and I better get up and check it.
- Listening to alpha wave music – I end remembering everything I need to do that day and sure that I will forget those items the minute the music ends because I am in such a blissful state.
So I decided to invent my own meditation. Why not, right? Every swami has to start somewhere. This would be the write it down meditation. When a thought occurred to me while meditating , instead of angsting over forgetting it, I would keep a pad next to my cushion and right it down. Then I would be able to blissfully return to the world of cleansing my mind. So this is what happened.
- I think I’ll make a pork roast for dinner.
- I’ll try that recipe for apple cider brining.
- Buy apple cider. Write it down.
- Is that toilet running?
- I really have to call the plumber. Write it down.
- Wow, listen to how noisy that car is.
- I keep forgetting to get the car serviced.
- Call the dealership. Write it down.
On and on and on until I ended up with a calm mind, a long to do list, and writer’s cramp.
Except for the writer’s cramp I think I may be on to something here. The Efficient Woman’s Method of Meditation, how not to waste a minutes time by combining your to do list with achieving calmness. I see it now – 52 weeks on the Times Best Seller list, interviews on the Today Show, and my own line of calendars and daytimers.
Wishing you efficient calmness,
Oh, and I am already on my way to the copyright office, so don’t even think about it!