Thursday, December 01, 2011

Meditation, without the mystical wrapping

As I may have mentioned a billion times once or twice, I've been battling crazy mood swings over recent months, thanks to my dwindling oestrogen supplies. Seething anger, irritability and the tendency to burst into tears over, say, the rolled oats being relocated on the supermarket shelves (crazy, right?) are not a lot of fun. And when I have a lot on my plate, as I often do, I begin to feel completely overwhelmed. And then anxiety begins to bubble up and life just becomes craptastic all round.

I know that eating well, getting enough sleep, keeping my caffeine consumption to a minimum and staying off the grog are all helpful in preventing slightly mental from spiralling into completely and utterly barking mad. But all of that isn't quite doing the job - so I decided I needed some extra help. Enter meditation.

What am I seeking? Enlightenment (whatever that means)? Spirituality? A deeper connection to the universe? Ha! That is SO not me! Nope, I just want to improve my ability to deal with difficult/annoying situations without flying into a hissy fit, and to keep my anxiety levels from red-lining. I guess I'm basically seeking an easy way to create internal calm.

A very quick search online located this book:

Available from Amazon

The title grabbed my attention straight away. One reason I've avoided learning to meditate before is that I just do not have a hell of a lot of spare time. But 8 minutes? I can totally DO that! A few clicks and the book was purchased and within seconds I had it transferred to my Kindle.

The introductory stuff is pretty short, and written in a no-nonsense style. I love that the author doesn't try to present it in a pseudo-religious, mystical way. In fact, he makes it easy, practical, and fail-proof, and makes it clear that there is no right or wrong way to meditate. You don't need any equipment, and you definitely do not need to contort yourself into a lotus position - for which my dodgy back is very grateful.

The book guides you through an eight-week program - eight minutes a day for eight weeks - by which time you ought to have the hang of it.

I've read the preparatory stuff and I'm all set to get started. I'll let you know how it goes, but I'm feeling pretty confident that I'll get some benefit out of it.

8-Minute Meditation by Victor Davich



The House That A-M Built said...

Sounds damn good to me. Let us know how you go!
A-M xx

Kek said...

All do, A-M. I think we could all do with more calm moments in our lives. :)

Sara said...

I just aren't that good at meditation. I practiced it for over a year before figuring that the only time it works for me is after hard exercise. Otherwise I'm all scatterbrained. I thought yoga would be bad for my dodgy back too, but it's actually helped a lot.. I know, I'm becoming a yoga pusher.. shame...

Debstar said...


I have a theory that men meditate better than women. For starters they don't have to worry what the kids are up to while they are de-stressing, and they are also less concerned about the household chores getting done.

Kek said...

@Sara - you dirty yoga pusher, you! (Just quietly, I plan to add some yoga to my training schedule. It's just a matter of...uh, where?)

@Deb - you may be right there. I wonder if anyone's ever done a study...?

Melissa said...

Totally into it! Did it some years back when life was high stress and was excellent. Should really get into it again. Also recommend the book power over panic. Excellent for general anxiety issues but I found it helpful for other issues as well. Good luck!

Shauna said...

Oooh this is the mediation we talk about on the Up & Running 5K course! Julia had similar thoughts re meditation and found that this one was the perfect way to begin :)

Cherub said...

After years and years of trying to meditate I am doing it and I might have to even give it credit for changing my life and the way I see the world. (Is that me speaking?)

I just did it. I forced myself to do 10 minutes twice a day.

Only one problem though. Now that I am calmer and seeing things differently, Sydney irritates me. Everyone (maybe) is stressed, in a hurry, rude.... Good job I can mediate on this!!!

Kek said...

Ooh, thanks ladies! Good to know that I'm on the right track.

@Claire - I suspect that it's not just Sydney. People everywhere seem to have lost their manners...

Liz@LastChanceTraining said...

I think it's an awesome way to go without too much "woo woo"

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