Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.
So, since I am attempting to be all about practicing what I preach, I decided to formally give meditation a try. That attempt, for the record, will be filed away under the category entitled Epic Fail. I guess I never really thought about just how difficult it would be to simply quiet the mind. If I think my mind runs a mile a minute under normal circumstances, then it goes into overdrive when I consciously attempt to slow it down. When I finally gave up, I decided that this is step 11 for a reason, and that I will get there when I get there.
But then I had a few conversations about the subject of meditation, and I realized I am not alone in this difficulty. When I did a little research into the subject, I discovered that “monkey mind” is one of the biggest obstacles to successful meditation. So how to overcome this obstacle? Simple practice. Keep trying and (apparently) it will get easier. I wish I could say I know this for a fact to be true… I don’t, but I hope to be able to post differently in the near future. I suppose it is similar to exercise, the more you do it, the easier it gets.
My Dad had a great expression for moments like this one, and I guess I need to apply it here: I’m not going to learn any younger!