“Just giving [a] banana doesn’t work.” – Mingyur Rinpoche
Meditation is intimidating to a lot of people, and likely the reason many don’t even attempt try it. How can I possibly STILL my mind and think of NOTHING? But, hey sad eyes, don’t get discouraged. Here’s the trick, you don’t have to!
We’ve seen and heard several explanations on how to meditate, but this one from Tibetan Buddhist teacher Mingyur Rinpoch (video below) is so simple and reassuring we think it will give anyone with a meditation phobia the encouragement they need to get started, literally anywhere anytime.
Oh and that Monkey Mind, aka the chatter that pops up constantly, is not the enemy. To the contrary, it’s your friend. And what do you do for friends? You give them pats on the back and tell them job well done.
You see, when you give the Monkey Mind a job it has something to do, rather than asking it to do nothing. A helpful tip is to start by using your breath as a focus: watch it move in and out on your inhales and exhales. Try for a few rounds. Go on…
Yes, that’s meditation. You did it!
“As long as you don’t forget your breath, anything is okay,” Rinpoche said. “[You don’t] need too much concentration. Just simply be aware of your breath.”
You can do this for as little or as long as you like or have time for. Bananas will be there when you’re done, promise.
Watch the video via HuffPo below.