It’s not uncommon for people to take up meditation as a means of checking-out. Meditation sounds to them like it might be a good cheap way to escape from the stresses and hassles of the 9 – 5 grind. Like going on a Friday night bender but waking up without the headache. Or flying off for a couple of weeks in Thailand without the debt. You can use meditation for such purposes. But you get much better results when you use meditation to check-in instead.
To check-in means to pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. When you check-in you don’t try to escape, or even change anything. You do it systematically, and matter-of-factly, like a pilot doing a pre-flight check, or an orchestra tuning up.
Metaphors are a useful tool when checking-in. For example, you could get a sense of the mental traffic, or the emotional weather. Are there monkeys leaping around inside your brain, or dark clouds gathering on the horizon? Are you in a blue mood, or does your body feel bubbly and light?
Check out the three PDF’s below for further ideas on how to Check Yo Self (Before You Wreck Yo Self).