Most people have heard that meditation is key to a happy life. But the lack of time or know-how stops them from starting this practice. How can you find an easy meditation practice for yourself?
“I crash into a table in the darkness, yet it is not the table that has hurt me but the lack of light. So, with old age, all these small things hurt, because the light of meditation is absent.”
“But meditation, Baba,” I said, “is not easy. You make it sound as if it were easy.”
“Is sleep easy?” he asked.
“Yes,” I replied.
“But not for an insomniac,” he said. “And meditation is easy, but you must gain that ease again.”
– Vikram Seth in “A Suitable Boy”
I’ve often suffered insomnia. I tried all sorts of cures, but the one thing that cures it best is fatigue. When you’ve had insomnia for two nights in a row, the third night it becomes pretty easy to fall asleep!
Similarly, when life has gotten too crazy and we’ve crashed against too many tables, we just want to stop crashing. That’s when we are finally ready to learn how to meditate.
Easy meditation practices
Many people make it so difficult to start. They think they have to set aside an hour a day, or achieve enlightenment immediately. Instead, you can start small, with just one minute or two minutes at a time.
An even more time-saving method is to try walking meditation. This way, you get your exercise in at the same time!