I’m a book freak. Books are like a food group in my world. They’re stacked on my kitchen table, on the floor beside my kitchen table, on my coffee table, in bookshelves, on my bedstand. Don’t even talk about my desk. They’re literally everywhere.
Books have been like friends on my journey and I can’t part with them! So as much as I love reading my books about spirituality and meditation, there’s just one problem.
At some point, I have to do it. Like, do what the books say to do.
Take meditation for example. No amount of reading about meditation will ever give the benefits that meditating will.
Seems obvious, I know.
But just so we’re clear, here’s what you DON’T get if you don’t actually meditate:
You don’t feel less stress, more peace, or a calmer mind.
Meditation dissolves stress from your nervous system that’s been building up over your lifetime. It’s like brushing your teeth. All that plaque that would be on your teeth if you didn’t brush every day? Yuuuuk. Meditation gets rid of accumulated stress.
You aren’t as present or productive.
Meditation trains your brain to help you stay in the present moment which is great for you, especially if you tend to ruminate on the past or worry about the future. You can also focus better which helps you do one thing at a time and get more accomplished instead of habitual multi-tasking and burning out.
You don’t feel as good as you can so you don’t do as good as you can.
Meditation puts you in touch with your True Self; who you really are and what you really want. You stop waiting for “someday” and settling for less. You show up for life right now with confidence and more self-love so you can make a bigger impact in your family, workplace, and community.
So on those mornings you’d rather sleep in than meditate, or when you’re tempted to read — and then read some more — about other people’s experiences with meditation (and their opinions) instead of practicing it yourself, remember this one thing:
Knowing about meditation won’t help you. Doing it will.
Do you need help getting started with meditation? Or making it a daily habit?