Whether you’re new to meditation or have been practising for years you will know that the mind is always able, and willing, to interrupt. I used to believe that people who’ve been meditating for 10 or 20 years had it nailed, no problems with the monkey mind…but I had it wrong. I was underestimating the power of the mind!
The best way I have found for me is to use meditation apps or MP4’s to guide me through my regular daily practise. If my mind has taken over again all I need is to hear that voice and it will guide me back to the present.
More recently I have been experimenting and trying to meditate without the use of my MP4. Not surprisingly I have found it more difficult to stay present without the help of my prerecorded buddy. And yet, somehow, I feel I SHOULD be able to do it. I’ve been practising long enough!
And then the other day I found myself a tool to help bring me back to the present. I found an anchor. This anchor is already a part of my meditation process, something I often bring my awareness to. What I have not done before is use it to hoist me back into the present moment.
This anchor is sound. Any sound. When I notice a sound while meditating if I can, I try to notice how I am in that moment. Was I caught up in thought or was that sound part of my experience. When I find that I HAD been thinking before my awareness was drawn to that sound, I express gratitude for that sound for breaking the thought cycle and bring my awareness back.
I am getting better at using my anchor and enjoying more opportunities to randomly meditate throughout my day using it. I suggest giving it a try if you haven’t already.