Relax. Empty your mind…
What’s an empty mind meant to look like? The darkness of space, or a blinding white light?
Breathe deep. Concentrate on your breathing…
But breathing is the most natural thing you can’t concentrate on it thinking about it doesn’t help it just… crap! I forgot how to breathe! I can’t breathe!
Okay, don’t concentrate on your breathing. Ignore your breathing.
Relaxing is painful!
Alright, imagine a peaceful place… a deep blue lake-
Am I in the lake?
You’re not in the lake – you’re imagining the lake.
So… I’m on the bank of the lake? Is it muddy or sandy? Are my feet meant to be in the water?
You’re further up the bank on a grassy slope, watching the sunlight twinkle across the surface of the water.
Twinkle? Stars twinkle. Sunlight reflects much stronger than that. I wouldn’t be looking at it, it’d burn my eyes.
Forget the lake. Lie back in the grass and look up at the clear blue sky. No, you’re not looking into the sun!
I hate lying on the grass. There’s always prickles or ants.
There are no prickles or ants.
That’s unrealistic. I can’t believe that.
You scrutinised the place you are sitting before you sat down – there are no prickles or ants!
But ants can move…
I give up and open my eyes, before turning the ‘soothing sounds’ music off and uncrossing my legs. Wincing a little, I stretch out one leg, sigh with disappointment, and rest my cheek on my other knee. Finally, I rise up and open the door.
“How did the meditation go?”
“Not well. But on the plus side, I was able to brainstorm for a new flash fiction.”