Learning to Meditate

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Think of one word.

Focus.

Focus…

My mind races.
Other thoughts enter,
I cannot
do-

Forgive yourself.

Try again.

Try again…

Will I ever be
Able to do this?
I cannot
reach-

Transcendence requires patience.

Don’t rush.

Don’t rush…

There’s no way
To empty my mind.
I must give
up.

For today, perhaps.

Come back.

Come back…

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This post was inspired by Jade Wong’s World of Words prompt this week, shanta, which is a Bengali word meaning calm and peaceful. This reminded me of when I tried to learn to meditate and how reaching any sort of calm was so hard. Patience, young grasshopper, patience!

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16 thoughts on “Learning to Meditate

  1. crispina kemp says:

    Imagine your mind as an empty space, and every time you realise you are thinking… shoo it away and start again.
    Easier is to focus on something, something that doesn’t spark questions. The flame on a candle is good. Or the smoke rising from a josh stick. Which is okay until you realise who beautiful the forms and you’ve just got to capture it and there begins a year of chasing perfection in pastels and acrylics, and charcoal…

  2. Miriam Hurdle says:

    It sounds so familiar when I tried to focus to pray, HRR.
    But I did experience a couple times of meditation that lift my ‘spirit’ to ‘heaven.’ I didn’t want to come back, but I was interrupted!

  3. Jade M. Wong says:

    I really like the format of the poem here, the way it looks and reads like a conversation, like one side is calming down the panicking other side and I think it’s a great way to demonstrate how we find our inner peace. Thank you for participating again! I’ve shared on IG again 🙂

  4. Jules says:

    There are so many different breathing techniques. I get distracted too. One thing I read somewhere was instead of trying to count to 100 (sheep for sleep) just count to 8 repeatedly – if you go past 8 and catch yourself – stop and start again.
    Take full breaths and focus on breathing. One routine is to breath in the count of four, hold for 4, then release for 4.

    I’ve been trying to ‘breath up’ – filling my lungs, depressing my abdomen while taking in air. Trying to hold my breath for longer … just to do. I can go about 2 minutes. The show I was watching the record was I think 12 or 16 minutes. But that’s without moving or exerting any other action – like swimming underwater.

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