What if I can’t sit still to meditate?

Steele Belok, M.D.
Belok, M.D.

Dr. Steele Belok is a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard University Medical School, and a physician of internal medicine and nephrology at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts—a regional teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard University. He has been a practicing physician in Boston for over 30 years.

“The experience of restful alertness is pleasant and comfortable, and this allows you to continue to sit quietly for twenty minutes twice a day. When practiced regularly, this program dissolves stress cumulatively, and with time, you experience less and less stress and nervousness. As a natural result of this lessening of stress, the mind settles down when you’re meditating and you don’t feel the need to get up and move around. The direct experience of stillness and peace takes care of those feelings of restlessness.

“With continued practice, anxiety plays less and less a role in a person’s life; the individual starts making better decisions about daily activities because he or she is better able to cope with stress. So, with time, one gains the possibility of becoming stress free. This means being motivated by the needs of the situation rather than one’s own stressful response to the situation. Instead of reacting to challenges as a threat, one sees challenges as an opportunity for personal and professional growth.”