I had a conversation with a friend on the walk back from another friend's birthday party Saturday evening. She was telling me about how yoga and meditation has really helped her in the past couple of months. I was interested in hearing what she had to say because I've been curious about meditation but the few times that I tried it I didn't really know what I was doing. Years ago another friend of mine recommended meditation to me. I was surprised that it was something that he was doing but he told me how much it had helped with relieving his stress and his daily anxiety.
I don't think I'm a particularly anxious person but I definitely have been feeling a little off in the past couple of months. I don't know if it's a seasonal thing or maybe just a result of living in this very fast paced and over stimulating environment. I can't really articulate exactly what it is that I'm feeling. It's just a mood that strikes every now and again that makes me feel slightly off and weird in my body. Does this make any sense?
I went for a run over the Pulaski Bridge on a sunny afternoon and also took a couple yoga classes this weekend. I kept thinking about what my friend had talked about, how being present and focusing awareness in one's body helped her to feel a stillness in her mind. In my classes I really focused on my breathing, on feeling the deep stretches in my body and muscles that allowed me to literally release the tension that I was holding. I'm not really sure what this is going to lead to. I'm definitely interested in learning more about meditation if only to try it with real intention and see what happens. However, I have so little time as it is to do everything during the week that I wonder when I'll find the time. But I guess that's part of it.
I wonder if one can meditate on the subway...