My First Meditation Experience ~ #ConditionSeriousHai

After attending this course, I decided that I will implement at least one thing taught there. After a long internal debate, I chose meditation. As recommended there, I decided to meditate everyday for 20 minutes (the most minimum recommended period), just before I slept (at 12 AM in the night!).

You think meditation is a very easy thing to do, right? Read on to find out how my #ConditionSeriousHai Mind tortures me.

Conversation between me and my mind during my first meditation:

Me: I am going to meditate right here, on this chair.

My mind: Nonsense. Go sit down on the floor. Have you seen any great Rishi meditating on a chair?

I go and sit down in a corner (just before a wall, so that I can lean on it anytime I want), folding both my legs and keeping my arms stretched on my legs.

I then lean on the wall to find some comfort.

My mind: Come forward and sit straight. Have you seen any great Rishi lean back on a tree or wall to meditate? 

For time-being I come forward. I take my mobile phone and play some Tamil songs on the loud speaker.

My mind: What the hell? Meditation is a time to experience NOTHINGNESS. But you are listening to songs? You might as well watch a movie…

I find that movie-watching offer during meditation, highly tempting. But, aware my mind’s temperament, I avoid it for now.

Me: Common re, how else can I keep track of the time? I can’t open my eyes and keep looking at the time every now and then, no? That’s why I am playing songs. Four songs = 20 minutes.

Somehow, my mind accepts this logic! I switch on the song, close my eyes and start telling so-hum-so-hum-so-hum (during breathing in and out respectively), within myself, as taught in the course.

Unfortunately, (for the mind), this is the first song that was played. I started shaking my face and my hips to the rhythm.

My mind: You are the first person to DANCE while MEDITATING!! Stop it NOW. 

I ignore it for sometime.

My mind: I said STOP IT.

Somehow reluctantly I stop and go back to so-hum-so-hum routine.

My mind: In meditation, your focus should be on experiencing NOTHINGNESS. Concentrate on that.

Me: If you keep lecturing me, how can I experience that nothingness? Relax DUDE.

While meditating, I think about anything and everything. I find all thoughts from everywhere attack me simultaneously! After a couple of songs, my mind is already tired of playing the role of gatekeeper to keep my (stray) thoughts away.

Since I am not used to sitting on the floor, my legs pain. I stretch both my legs for a few seconds.

My mind: What nonsense is this? Rishis meditate for days together and even a snake-pit forms over them, but you are not able to keep your position for TEN MINUTES?? 

Me: What to do, re? I am finding it difficult.

My mind: I feel it’s high-time you followed the general stretching exercises taught in that course, too. Come back to your original positon NOW.

Then I somehow manage to go back. After the third song gets over,

Me: Yaayyyy… 20 minutes are over. I am going back to bed…

My mind: Nonsense. Only three songs have finished playing. You have to sit through another full song. 

Somehow, that final song feels like it’s playing forever!

Me: Please re… tomorrow I will meditate for 4 songs. Today, as a beginner bouns, I will finish with three.

My mind: Nothing doing. Rules are Rules. You will complete 20 minutes.

After (what appears to me as) an eon, the song gets over and I quickly jump on  my bed. The bliss I experience when I stretch my legs and lie down on the bed after the meditation session, is unparalleled! If not for anything else, I am thankful to meditation for that ;) Of course, no more listening to mind’s #ConditionSeriousHai lectures after that :D

Did you think meditation was simple? Try it :P

Destination Infinity

This blog post was written for a contest organized by Cadbury 5 Star & Indiblogger.

25 thoughts on “My First Meditation Experience ~ #ConditionSeriousHai

  1. No, it is not simple! I am not able to do it at home. I enjoyed doing it during the course. I do yoga postures which make me feel brisk. No meditation for me!

    Meditation with songs?! Great idea!!!

  2. I have tried many times to concentrate on nothingness… but nothing happened! :)
    I enjoyed reading the conversations between you and your mind… I liked the idea of playing songs for rather watching clock for time.

  3. It is very interesting to read your mind conversation.
    The Art of Living course will help in meditation. That is guaranteed.

    1. Once, before many years, I have attended the art of living course. Those exercises were difficult for me, even at that age. They make us do everything – I don’t like it. I will listen to everything and then do what I want/find easy, only :P

      Destination Infinity

  4. Interesting conversation you had with your inner self! But who does meditation with Tamil songs? :D Instrumental music, which is soothing and calming, aids in meditation! Try with that! All the best for the contest, Rajesh :)

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