I should start out this post by saying that I am no meditation guru by any means. I am a very mediocre practitioner, and I have only gotten as far into my meditation journey, as a little further than the courses you will be able to find in an iPhone app.
I have had great benefit from starting out with the Headspace app , for which I bought a year of premium subscription to.
A little while ago though, the membership period ended, which suited me greatly, as I was starting to find myself choosing the guided meditation sessions with the least “guidance” i.e. talk in them.
You see, I have come to believe that, once you become a little bit experienced with meditation, the focus of the practice becomes about listening to your own inner voice, as opposed to making it quite.
Like everyone else, when I first started out meditating, I found myself in a thunderstorm of thought inside of my own head, and just paying attention to breathing, was a very difficult task in itself. Later on, it became gradually easier, and now I find that many of the thoughts that actually disrupts my focus are worth paying attention to, or even write down.
That’s why I have stopped using the guided mediations– I want to be able to listen to the thoughts that pop up here and there because they might be worth something.
Our sub-consciousness is constantly at work, processing the information and the experiences and we have throughout the day. Simultaneously, this is all being distilled into thoughts, opinions, lessons and sometimes ideas.
There are many ways to practice meditation, and once you reach some level of experience, you will probably end up finding the exact flavor that suits you. My personal style, however, has become all about the notepad in front of me. I am consciously looking for what might come into my head during my usual 15 minutes sessions, and if anything does, I will write it down for later.
Most of the time, the things I write down are not particularly good. But that is okay. There is no place for being critical of one’s thoughts during meditation. Furthermore, I find that the act writing down a thought is a great way help to let it go again – i.e. the point of most meditation practices.
When you use meditation as a tool for mining for ideas, it is important to note, that the practice quickly becomes just about exactly that – meaning that it might not be a great way to handle a stress or other problems. Ultimately, when you meditate with a notebook in front of you, it all becomes about the notebook and what you put in it. Which isn’t the point of traditional meditation.
Try it today. Sit down with a notebook, and start meditating like normal, and see if anything good comes up. Write it down, and let me know what you think.