Taking the Train – Mental Health

Day 2 of Writing 101:

“If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?”

Ignoring the sciency (is that even a word, if not spellcheck, it is now) warning that going the speed of light is dangerous for your health and still wouldn’t get you very far out of our solar system very fast, how cool would it be to be able to go that fast. I’m going to leave the logistics of proving Mr. Einstein write or wrong to people smarter than I and instead focus on the location part of the prompt.

A little backstory to this post. The past few days I’ve been trying to figure out how I could incorporate meditation into my daily routine. I used to practice it years ago and really enjoyed it and feel it would be beneficial to start it up again. My form of meditation was what worked for me and may not work for others of course. I always looked at it as a journey, therefore I’ll take you along for a ride by describing the mental images and thought process of my meditation.

Taking the Train

You find yourself sitting on the dusty wooden floor of a train car. You feel the hum and vibration in the seat of your pants as you race over the tracks. The click/clack sounds begin to fade into background white noise as you stare out the open sliding door and watch the country side speed past.

Unbidden thoughts try to invade the zone you find yourself in. Instead of giving into the busy chaos of your brain you hold open your hand before your face. When a thought surfaces you squeeze it down out of your mind and blow it out your mouth in a deep breath. You catch the thought in your hand. Staring at it you can’t help but realize that the little bugger is not as important or defining as it seemed in your mind.

You blow the thought out the door like blowing a kiss to a loved one and fall deeper down the rabbit hole of relaxation. One by one dozens of thoughts are purged and you find yourself centered and just feeling the world around yourself. The subtle weight of your own limbs pulls at your body pulling your focus inward. You begin searching for your core truths, tossing your self-immolating lies out the train door. Eventually you hear the brakes squeak and your weight shift. Time to get off the train.

Today’s journey is short, only a few minutes. Tomorrow’s will be longer. And with each trip you will reach new heights of awareness.

I usually chose a train as the mental setting of my meditation because it serves as an easy way to trick my brain into ignoring the sounds around myself. If you’ve ever tried to sit still and clear your mind you can relate with how much background noise we all deal with every day. I also liked the idea of being able to throw undesirable thoughts away. I have other locations I’ve used and may post about them another day. If you meditate I’d love to hear what techniques you use to trick your mind.