For Gita Sjahrir, being healthy starts with your mind. “You can run a marathon and lift lots of weights to have the body type that you want but, the question is, are you content with where you are now as a person: what you do beyond work, in relationships, or your values and life path?” she asked. “We tend to obsess to reach this unrealistic nirvana of constant inner peace and happiness, and that is just not possible.”
Sjahrir then drew attention to how people tend to discount the importance of other feelings, such as sadness, jealousy, anger, boredom and frustration. “These feelings matter too; see them for what they are, appreciate what they are trying to tell you about yourself, and then try to do something about them.”
She told Tatler Indonesia that, in terms of her health and wellbeing, it is more than just having any specific goals. It is rather about challenging herself and enjoying the process. “I am always intrigued to try out a new challenge, such as learning to meditate daily for only 90 seconds, or reading one-page each day, for a set of time. It is more interesting to do my routines in small increments and doing them constantly without failing.” As a result, these small habits have helped Sjahrir enjoy her life more and achieve bigger dreams in all she does.
Based on her regular meditation practices, these are the common misconception about meditation Sjahrir personally found not to be true in her life:
1/3 Meditation is difficult at first but very rewarding
If you had never meditated before, start with 20seconds for the first try. Tiny, tiny steps that you need to do it every day for a certain period to make a habit.
2/3 One size fits all?
There is more than just one type of meditation so you can find one that suits your needs and time. For example, there are walking meditation, open-eye meditation, smiling meditation, and the list goes on and on.
3/3 Meditation is boring
Boredom is also a much-needed part of life. It forces you to see yourself for what you are and where you are at present; it is a wake-up call out of non-stop distraction from the many auditory and visual input due to the almost-present technology in life.