I’m on week 4 of the 8 week program outlined in 8 Minute Meditation, and I must say I’m making progress. The concept of “catch and release” is finally starting to take hold, so is the ability to be in the moment but neutralize the emotional baggage that sometimes comes along with it.
I’m not ready to say the program works, as it’s merely the first step in the journey, but here, at the midpoint, I’m finally starting to feel like some progress has been made.
The “catch and release” concept is great – when your mind begins to wander during meditation, acknowledge what’s going on and release the thought. During week four, the author wants you to allow your thoughts then label them “past” or “present”. It’s amazing how easy it is to let the thought go once it’s been labeled. Very cool indeed.
There are two readers of this blog that I know of who are also planning to work through this program…if you have, drop a line in the comments and let me know how you’re doing with it!
Update: I’m using the CD companion…and while at first I thought it was much ado about nothing, two things have happened. First, it replaces the need for a timer and second, the somewhat disruptive comments from the author really do seem to do their magic and reign me back in when I’ve forgotten what I’m doing as a thought stream has taken over. And over time, I’ve learned to zone over his comments when they’re not needed.