Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I'm not a regular meditator, but I've done it quite a bit. And I've blogged before about how holding my body still for a short period of time is helpful for me. I find now that I call on that stillness more often.
I'll walk into my work space, a thousand things on my mind--stories, cards, photographs, laundry, phone calls. I have music playing in that room all the time, and I'll stop and listen to a song. I'll feel the emotions that the song evokes--nostalgia, joy, longing, loneliness, contentment.
When I have something to write, a story or an essay, I pause for a few minutes and I find I write much clearer and quickly.
In the middle of an argument, I stop talking and steady my thoughts. Things don't escalate as often.
I'm a fidget by nature, a brain-racing multi-tasker,a cooker-upper of ideas and plans. This new ability, to pause my physical actions, rest and listen, to cool down on short notice, is a habit I'm glad to have developed.
Do you meditate? If so, how has it changed you?