Meditation Is Not For Me - I Can't Keep Still
Not being able to keep still is all the more reason to regularly meditate. In fact, the "I can't keep still" crowd are the ones who need meditation the most - and, ironically, are the least likely to do it.
Why am I such an expert? Because I'm one of the "I can't keep still" crowd. In fact, that's reason I started Yoga in the first place: to slow myself down from the breakneck pace I usually went at.
I advise that you start with two minutes of meditation per day. Use a timer and focus on the mantra "Let go". Inhale as you think "let" and exhale as you think "go". Having a mantra helps, as it gives your mind something to focus on. But if you don't like the idea of a mantra, then simply focus on your inhale and exhale.
Do two minutes per day for a week and then increase your meditation time to five minutes per day. Do five minutes per day for a week and increase to ten minutes a day. And continue like that until you've reached the maximum length of time you're willing to spend daily on meditation.
Don't worry if you're the type who can't easily keep still: you'll find that you'll learn to keep still. (And don't be surprised if you even start to like it!)
Meditation is a practice that will calm the mind and cultivate a sense of peace. And that means that meditation is for everyone - who couldn't do with more calm and peace in their lives? Practise daily meditation for a good stretch of time and feel the benefits!
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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