I and others have tagged me for so long as a nervous, overactive, jittery person that I had unquestioning faith in such affirmation. I thought I could never stop and sit. And I thought I was not able to meditate, no way José. How could I?
I was wrong.

I was so mistaken I can only laugh about it today.

I am not what people think I am; I am not even what I think I am. What I am is not defined by the opinions of others or my own, and this has been a recent aha moment. And it all happened after meditating because me too I can stop, and so you can.

I can sit and meditate, I can be quiet and in relax mode, and I can change my long-term habits by practising. Of course, it takes courage and will power, and for me, it's getting out of my comfort zone every time I sit and connect to my breath. It's hard to move, walk or eat slowly, so tricky and so rewarding afterwards. The truth is that I feel so good when I meditate. Above all, I love to be present in my life with what I do or with who I spend my time with, and I love not to have to rush everywhere. Living in a hamster wheel does not feel home anymore thanks to my practice, because now I am aware of my inclinations, I see my backslides. And I can always come back to my breath.

Today I believe I am an eager, enthusiastic, curious and proactive person, but this is very different from not being able to stop. I can stop.

Yes, against all the odds,

I

can

stop

and

meditate.

Meditation is a practice that exists for more than 5,000 years, it is not the trend now. The Vedas texts, in India, already spoke, although not explicitly, about meditative practices as the only ways to understand ourselves and our relationship with the manifest universe. My intention when I meditate is not to enlighten myself, I just want to be more connected to the present moment every day. Live here now, which is the only thing we have.

Meditation

Pics by Arlette Olaerts 

Give it a try!

Have you ever tried? Every day I find more and more people who have never even given it a try and have a wrong understanding of what a meditating practice means. Meditating is not thinking deeply, and it's not trying to empty your mind.

The author of 'Mindful Work' and business reporter for the New York Times, David Gelles, defines meditation as a «simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness. Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly». I can't agree more, friends.

Besides, the mentor, mindfulness coach, meditator, mandala dance facilitator and beautiful person, Luise Jorgensen says, we meditate «to feel more at peace, to reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm. Meditation is a potent tool to obtain more enjoyment in life, to relate with deeper compassion to other people and to gain emotional balance».

That is to say, you don't need to believe in anything to be able to meditate, you don't need to be overwhelmed, or burnt out to start today, you don't need to be a calm person, and you don't need more than 5 minutes a day.

You only need to be able to breathe.

Can you breathe? Then you can meditate, there you go!

Today is the day.

Some interesting resources: Sharon Salzberg, Insight Timer, Headspace and my fav, the beautiful guided meditations of Luise Jorgensen.