“I haven’t meditated all day. Let me take a few minutes and do myself a favor.”
I check the clock and it reads 2:08 pm.
“I’ll meditate until about 2:20,” I tell myself.
I sit down in the office chair in my bedroom. I close my eyes and sit still. I allow my mind to do whatever it pleases.
A few minutes go by. I think about the gifts I have to wrap. I think about a text I got from my friend that I need to reply to. I think about the desserts I was going to bake for my family tomorrow.
Each time my mind curates one of these thoughts, I take a step back. I acknowledge the thought as it happens.
It’s a meta experience. Looking at thoughts from a third person perspective. But that’s the practice.
My mind continues to wander around. Just like a dog on a lease, I let it go where it may, but never straying too far.
Another idea pops into my head. I follow it. I acknowledge it’s existence. I then let it go as best as I can.
I don’t judge the thoughts that pop into my head. I merely observe that they are there, from a third person perspective, then watch them leave. After a few minutes of this the chatter begins to quiet.
The key is to not react.
As I think this, I imagine how good it would be to get up and stretch. I resist the urge. I acknowledge this thought, but I choose not to react to it.
A few more minutes go by. The chatter dies down further. I feel more at peace.
“This is a good place to stop.” I think to myself.
But I never stop when I think I should. I like to go a few more minutes to challenge myself. I like to push on just a little bit further.
I believe these extra minutes are where the true magic happens. Because I’m resisting the urge to end the session. That is the ultimate example of non-reactivity.
A few more minutes go by.
“Okay, I feel pretty good now. What time is it?”
The clock reads 2:19 pm. Not too shabby.