Meditation can often feel like a very difficult task. It feels as though you need to make tons of sacrifices in your life to create the mindset to be able to sit still and meditate. This idea of what meditation is, is what keeps so many of us away from even starting the journey. What you don’t take the time to do is jump in and try without expectation.
If you checked out our must read book list for 2018 you will know we suggested the incredible book Unplug: a simple guide to meditation for busy skeptics and modern soul seekers by Suze Yalof Schwartz. This book is what recently inspired me to start focusing more on my inner self to help improve the rest of my life – it all starts from within. As a mom and beginner I knew I needed to inspire other moms to walk along this path with me, so I got in contact with the lovely Suze Schwartz via email and asked her a few questions to help inspire you.
Q: What do you feel are the best benefits to adding meditation to your route?
Meditation as apart of your routine sets you up to have a calm and productive day and allows you to be more present with everything you do. I find when I meditate first thing in the morning, I live life more intentionally throughout the day.
Q: What is one of the most common struggles you see with people and their meditation journeys?
People get discouraged because they think that if they’re thinking, then they’re doing it wrong, which is not true at all. Moving from thought to focus to letting go is the inner dance we do in meditation. People also think they have to be in a completely silent space, when in truth it’s all about connecting to the silence within, amidst the distractions.
Q: What is the one thing you say to newcomers who are struggling with meditation?
Start where you are and start small, even if it’s 16 seconds a day. The more you practice, the easier it gets.
Q: Tell us what you feel are the biggest misconceptions about meditation in our modern world.
One misconception is that meditation makes you lose your edge. People think that moving fast gives them an advantage, but slowing down and being present is the true advantage.
Q: As someone who teaches meditation for a living what do you love about helping others on the same journey?
I love hearing everyone’s unique stories of how meditation has changed their life, and how meditation actually does work for every single person who practices it.
Q: What will you never grow tired of hearing from your clients who have embraced meditation?
“Unplug has changed my life”. That one never gets old. All the stories I hear are incredibly powerful – from ending addiction, to being cancer free, to having a successful pregnancy (we now have two Unplug babies whose moms were told they could never get pregnant), to pro athletes performing better…you name it!
I can’t thank Suze enough for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer some of our pressing questions about meditation and how we can get started on our own journeys. It only takes a few moments everyday to start making it a habit and to have it’s benefits effect your everyday life.
Live and savor all the moments life gives you.