Posted: 14/09/2014 at 18:37
How did the run go EDI?
I'm clueless but what is about meditation that is tough, what do you do?
The run was okay; 12 miles. I ran with two guys from A.A., both younger than me (one of them is a psychiatrist or a psychotherapist (I don't know what the difference is)) and the other unemployed. They psychiatrist is fit, the other guy isn't and he struggled towards the end. The weather was nice and we talked recovery some of the time. I think that's the great thing about A.A.; we learn from each other.
As for meditation, it's a massive subject, Cinders. And in a sense it's really really simple in that we do absolutely nothing. It's accepting what's happening in the present moment and letting go. Our mind can only be on one thing at a time, so a very common meditation is to just put our minds on our breath and make that our object of concentration. But our minds are like naughty monkeys and will keep running off onto other subjects, so we bring them back again to the breath, again and again and again.
The tough part is just sitting with ourselves - no distractions - especially when we're feeling anxious. It's tough.
There's been lots of scientific studies done on meditation, some using MRI brain scanning equipment and it's proven that meditation has many benefits.
An easy way to start meditation is to google for some guided meditations and just listen and follow the instructions. Listen a few different ones (some might suit you better than others). And it's important (so I'm taught) to stick at it even if we feel we're just sitting on our arses wasting our time.
Oh, and lots of athletes use meditation too (this is a running forum after all).