But you have your doubts: you just aren’t the kind of person that can stop thinking.
I mean, how are you meant to stop all those thoughts that constantly run through your mind? There’s your to-do list, dreaming about the habit that the perfectly-disciplined version of yourself is going to start on Monday, thinking about what you’re going to eat next, rehashing an offhand comment a friend made to you four days ago – oh and you just remembered that link you need to send your best friend.
And that’s just the start of it.
But let me tell you the good news – meditation isn’t about not thinking.
You’re not the only one that has this problem of ‘thinking too much’. Almost everyone has it, including many people who’ve been meditating for years.
Meditation is a practice – which means you’re not going to nail it the first time you do it.
And, by the way, I think this whole ‘wanting to be amazing at meditation the first time’ thing is totally fascinating. If we’re trying a new sport, we don’t expect to master it on our first attempt – we know we’re probably going to suck and we’re not totally disheartened when we do. We know there’s a learning curve. But when it comes to meditation, we think we should be able to sit down and just ‘not think’ for 20 minutes. Totally fascinating to me.
But anyway, what I’m trying to say is that it’s a practice. And that means that the first time you sit down to try this whole meditation thing you’re going to have thoughts popping up left, right and centre – and that doesn’t mean that meditation isn’t for you. That’s ok, that’s completely normal. Don’t get disheartened.
If you have any doubts about your ability to meditate because you ‘think too much’, please put that baby to rest.