We keep hearing about multiple benefits of meditation, but does one size fit all?
We all come in different shapes, sizes and temperaments. The individual differences are dictated by our biology and greatly affect the behavior patterns. There are four primary temperament types: choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic and melancholic. Furthermore, these main types are distinguished by several sub-categories.Temperaments have nothing to do with a person’s character, maturity or education. It’s something we are born with. The Universe still cares about us, just manifests itself differently. Finding ways to accept ourselves based on the ways the Nature has wired us individually, is a life-long journey.
It’s important to remember that it’s virtually impossible to learn how to meditate overnight. It’s a commitment that requires patience and practice. Self-mastery is a complex journey that teaches us how to be present and enjoy the present moment called life. Being mindful is thanking the universe, giving back. How do we learn that?
For start, It’s important to remember that meditation is for EVERYONE. Sitting still in lotus pose, thinking deeply in silence, looking inside oneself with my eyes closed and picking a starting thought……may not work universally. Some just can’t reach that higher level of awareness. They would either fall asleep or, worse, get antsy and sometimes it’s almost impossible to find a peaceful and tranquil environment in fast paced city like New York!
City dwellers, notice how your body and mind feels happy and relaxed after brisk walks without any specific fitness purpose. Stop worrying about how fast the pace is or whether you should keep marching in place while waiting for a green light…. Just you, your thoughts and the city. Turn off the phone, no music, no company, and concentrate on the walking sensation, the actual physical experience of walking. Yes, the city never sleeps, but in a New York minute or two it starts taking your confused thoughts and worries away. Sometimes when a powerful emotion takes over, stop and look at your feet, or even shake your head and resume- regain presence in the moment. It’s almost like floating above daily routine, schedule and plans. Interaction with the outside world and complete mindfulness. Exactly what traditional meditation techniques promise us. Turns out, in Thailand, buddhist monks can practice walking meditations up to 15 hours a day!
Seems like there is no such thing as one size fits all. Do try various meditation experiments in life and, who knows, maybe one day you will end up in a tranquil mountain top chanting, but for now try practicing walking meditation, dwell in the present moment and have fun with life!