I did yesterday's meditation in the late afternoon, alone with no cats, after hiking and horseback riding. So it was a pretty good day to begin with and I had no problem relaxing for meditation.
It's true of dogs and people - wear yourself out with physically activity and everything else is easier.
Here's the guided meditation I used:
Once again, it went by quickly. I could barely believe 30 minutes had gone by, and I felt very relaxed when it was over.
It's interesting; I felt definite physical changes as I did the meditation, but they're difficult to describe. Kind of light and dreamlike. No one seems to know exactly how meditation works or why it works, but there's something there, certainly.
Meditation is probably as useful a skill to cultivate as staying in the moment and not worrying. Maybe someday I'll write a post about how I stopped worrying about everything. I'm not so good about staying in the moment; my imagination gets the best of me all the time. But compared to how I used to be, I spend a lot less time worrying, and it rarely keeps me up at night.
I'm looking forward to today's meditation.
Week Nine: Mental Health - Meditation