I keep reading and hearing that one should be in the moment, experience the here and now. Take the time to center yourself instead of letting your mind go off in ten different directions. This sounds like what meditation might be.
One definition I found listed the benefits of meditating as increasing awareness of the present moment, reducing stress, promoting relaxation and enhancing personal and spiritual growth. (Make mine a double, please.)
In her book Inner Simplicity - 100 Ways to Regain Peace and Nourish Your Soul, Elaine St. James says:
"Meditation is one of the most powerful tools
we have for self-expansion and inner growth.
Through meditation we can reach levels
of mental clarity that we cannot achieve
through any other means."
But, try as I might, I've been far from successful at learning to meditate.
I should be able to do it. I've always thought of myself as quite single-minded (Narrow-minded? Who said that!?), comfortably focusing on a task, thinking of nothing else but moving toward completion.
I suspect my inability to learn to meditate may be connected, in some way, to the fact that I've tried yoga and tai chi and have been amazingly unsuccessful. Both are too slow! Now don't laugh at me because I'm serious. Admittedly, one of my faults (yeah, there are many) is that I'm impatient. (Just ask my husband. No, never mind, please don't.) I have a need to move (at more than a snail's pace) my mind or body. A hike or brisk walk is more to my liking. Any day.
Do you meditate? When did you start? Was it difficult or easy for you to learn to do? How often do you meditate? In what ways is it beneficial for you? Please share. I need your input. Something you say may show me the way.