So I've been dancing around the concept of meditation for over a decade. Mainly reading and not much "do-ing" and had always thought it was too "xxx" for me to take it seriously. After all, there was serious "do-ing" that had to be done!
That is until my late 30's when a whole series of traumatic events compelled me to accept the possibility that maybe, just maybe, I didn't have life "all sorted out". As the famous saying goes "when the student is ready ..."
Fast-forward a few years, and I'm at the stage where I actually look forward to my morning meditation ...
When I understood that meditation is the most powerful act of kindness that you can do unto yourself.
This is because in meditation, you are asked neither to resist nor to judge - simply to note, accept, let go, and return to your chosen focus - moment by moment by moment, with no beginning and no end - that each moment is unique and is deserving of your full respect of its wholeness and reality.
It's completely ok to have a wandering mind, because it happens to everyone, even those who've been meditating for a long time. The difference between a novice and a master is how each chooses to respond to that moment when you notice your mind wandering.
The invitation then is simply not to be frustrated, not to be angry at yourself, not to feel inadequate. Every moment therefore is therefore a "new" opportunity to ... simply note, accept, let go, and gently redirect your attention back.
With this understanding, my mediation no longer becomes a set time, but rather a moment by unique moment by irreplaceable moment of be-ing present.
It's quite liberating!