I am still a few days away from starting my new 28-Day Challenge, largely because I am dealing with later-in-life OCD that I never knew I had – I like to start things at the beginning of the month. But because the lifestyle changes that I have been making have been ongoing, I wanted to share something that has worked for me of late that will be a solid component of this coming October. Hopefully longer. That is meditation.
When you are an uber-perfectionist like me, it can be hard to find your Zen. While most of us are our own worst critics, some of us take that to a level that can be unhealthy. Not only does it cause stress and anxiety, but it also can take away joy. Being Zen puts a lot of focus on the present. It is hard to do that when you are always worrying about the past or trying to predict your own future. That’s where anxiety comes in and it can be destructive.
I have tried to meditate before and let’s just say, I was doing it wrong. When you see it on TV it is often portrayed as an interesting inner space where the world, your emotions, and other thoughts are gradually phased out of your consciousness. That is simply not true. Real meditation means that you allow sounds, thoughts – even bad ones – and other things to flow in as though you are human. The difference is that by committing to return your focus to your breathing, you can relieve the anxieties that come with it.
Over time, I am sure it is possible to restrain what I call “irrational thinking.” But as a human I know we will always have fear and anxiety, no matter how Zen you become. But take it from someone who has tried it, and tries it daily. Meditation is a real way for you to gain control over it so it no longer gains control over you. I seriously suggest you give it a shot.