M’kay, I actually dislike the word “meditating.”
Meditating is something fundamentally specific, and therefore that word doesn’t apply to anything that impacts your brain. The same way running is a something fundamentally specific, and therefore that word doesn’t doesn’t apply to anything that moves your legs.
A few years ago, every time I was stressed, someone would suggest “meditating”. There’s an increasingly pervasive cultural idea that ‘we all need to meditate and if you don’t meditate and are stressed out, well, then that’s just your own fault for not meditating, because everyone knows the benefits of meditating, and, ohmygod, I have the BEST article about that….’
I started to get angry.
First, I went into denial, re-framing the word “meditating” in my own Type A mind, becoming entranced with the notion that meditating could be ANYTHING that put you in a state of flow or calm. Those moments of “this is what I live for, nothing else is on my mind”.
That was working out just fine until…
Yin Yoga teacher training.
Welp, there went that notion.
I have a lot to learn about meditating, but one of my personal lessons at that training was that “mindfulness” practises are not “meditating”.
You actually can’t meditate on coffee.