I’ve been doing it my whole life.

Every long walk, I took in nature to clear my head.  Each workout that changed my mood. Or all the journaling I did to get things off my chest, were all different forms of meditation.

Something to remember…

You don’t have to be good at it, and you can’t get it wrong. 

Don’t worry about quieting your mind or trying to feel as still as a leaf falling from a tree on an autumn day. Merely showing up to observe what you’ve been thinking is the first step towards changing how you’ve been thinking.

The more you show up for your daily meditation practice, the less you will worry in your life.

Meditation is less about getting it right and more about getting wrong.

(Record scratch)

Say what now?! …

Getting it wrong means you’re trying, which is why it’s called a mediation “practice.” Strive for progress, not perfection.

Even as little as five minutes a day can begin to steer your mind back on course.

So don’t let the mess stop you from cleaning up. 

I get it; there’s constant chatter in your head. So what! Everybody’s got a running dialogue, but you’ve got to begin somewhere.

And forgiveness is a wonderful place to start.

Meditation, like exercising, requires you put in the work.  No one gets a six pack from doing one sit up. So, especially if you’re new to meditating, it will be tempting to judge your process. Resist that urge because on the other side of your discomfort is the change you’ve been seeking.

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell

When it is most challenging to be with your thoughts, that is when you must be still.

I’d love to hear from you.  Let me know in the comments below what was the biggest insight for you?

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(6) Comments:
I'm hoping to give something and aid others such as you helped me.
Lisa Berry
Thanks Alica, I appreciate your kind word. It encourages me to continue doing this work.
Thanks for publishing this awesome article. I'm a long time reader but I've never been compelled to leave a comment. I subscribed to your blog and shared this on my Twitter. Thanks again for a great article!
Heather Burt
I am so thankful I have found out about you and your blog. I have just recently (within the last 2 years or so now) found out about the power of meditation. I am by no means a master at it yet but I still try to do some form for at least 5 min a day. Being a mom 9f 4 with a full-time job I honestly don't know how I would have gotten through it all without it. I admit I first found out about you as Billie on Supernatural but I feel as though maybe fate had something to do with it. Connecting me to a show that would lead me to find you exactly at this point in my life. Thank you for your inspiration and kindness!
Tanja Witt
Love and light, dear Lisa, your such an inspiration to me ❤
Amy Osborne
I totally agree. I have been practicing meditation for a few weeks now. I so enjoy it! But the most amazing part is the change in me that’s apparent to my spouse and coworkers. I am more patient, less reactionary and so much more pleasant to be around! Love all your posts girl!! Thanks!