Meditation: Calm, How to Meditate: Sanity Day Length: 14 minutes Where: Living Room Couch, Los Angeles How It Felt: Interesting
You know you’re in for a treat when Jeff Warren tells you this may be the “most important ten minutes of your life.”
Not exactly a master of the undersell, that one!
This session was really interesting, though. It included a lot more guidance than usual, leading me though a mental workout of sorts. The idea was to notice your thoughts in a really intense, specific way. I practiced noticing when images came into my head, and rather than letting them run away with my thoughts, I would label them “see!” When words entered my mind, my inner voice(s?), I was to label those thoughts “hear!”
I’ve never really stopped to focus on what form my thoughts take before. It was weird to actually “hear” my voice in my head. I guess it’s my normal speaking voice? Meaning, that’s how I “hear” it….if that makes sense. I used to sort of think about this when I would read, I remember now. When I was much younger. I would try to “hear” the narration in my head while I read a book, trying to ascertain if I was, indeed, reading only in my own voice or “hearing” the character voices.
I still don’t really know the answer.
It’s weird but very satisfying to go exploring in your own mind, like poking around in a familiar cave but with a lantern for the first time. You know what’s in there, but you don’t really know. It’s fun, but it feels crazy, too.
I can’t help but think of the scene in “Being John Malkovich” where he enters his own head… there is something super meta about the experience.
I really can’t recommend this “How to Meditate” series enough if you use the Calm app. I feel it goes deeper into why we meditate than any other basic courses I’ve taken, and is helping me to understand the intention of what I’m doing in a new way. And no- they aren’t paying me to say that- haha!
Off to prepare for a reading today, and to pick up the hubby at LAX! What an exciting day!! Hope you all have an absolutely wonderful week!