Believe it or not, I actually possess the ability to sit perfectly still... I know, hard to believe...
As a matter of fact I sit completely still in quiet meditation every single morning before I leave for work. Actually, I meditate before I even eat breakfast.
You know, food inhibits your body from being able to listen to itself. It numbs the senses...
Not that I am ever going to stop eating big greasy cheeseburgers, but at least I know the cosmic consequences of my actions.
I remember learning how to meditate in high school. He would tell us to develop a "Happy Place" that we could escape to and clear our minds. I envisioned a chair on the beach, made out of the sand. Sitting there at sunset listening to the waves crash against the shore.
I don't really use this as my meditation device anymore; I've adopted a more Buddhist approach to meditation. However, I still use my "Happy Place" for many things. When I can't sleep or after being talked into watching a scary movie...I'll take a trip to Sunset Beach and listen to the waves.
I try to stay centered and grounded at all times (like a tree) and meditation is the way that I do this. It helps me to pull away all of the distractions in my life to get to the core of who I am.
It is so easy to get completely caught up in everything that is happening; politics, weather, opinions, fashion, work, neighbors, drama, illness, that we mold ourselves around the things that are happening around us.
Sitting quietly in the morning helps me to remember who I am and what I stand for and let the rest do what it will.