Meditation is something I’ve always wanted to try, but it would end up at the bottom of my To Do list.
Lately, I’ve been finding myself getting stressed about work changes, my personal career goals and just putting a lot of pressure on myself. We’ve all been there, right?! Then I had an epiphany that my well being should be at the top of my list. So, I’ve challenged myself to read everything I can on meditation–the different types, the benefits and then the hard part-how the heck do you even do it??? I’ve definitely learned a lot in these first few weeks and I’m so pumped to share it all with you.
Who knew I was a morning person?
Originally, I said I would find time to meditate in the morning and before bed. I find that I LOVE the stillness and quiet of early morning. I set my alarm 20 minutes earlier than normal. This is the best time for me to relax, before the craziness of the day begins. I chose a spot in my living room and sit on the shag rug cause it’s cozy and gets some nice natural light from the windows. Have I slept through my alarm a few times? Yes, I’ll be honest. And I haven’t made the time to meditate at night, either. Oops! Had to be honest with you guys. After dinner and working on the blog, I usually get in bed and pass out stat. No probs sleeping here! I’m not sticking to my original goal of 2xs a day, but in retrospect, that was a lil lofty of a goal for a beginner. I’m cool with just my AM meditation for now.
My mind loves to wander. I’ve got a bad case of “monkey mind”, as they call it in the meditation world. (This is a Buddhist term for restless, unsettled mind.) It’s really hard, but I try to acknowledge the thought, imagine putting it in my back pocket and then redirect myself back to my breathing. What really helps me is popping in my headphones and listening to a chant or soft music. It gives me something to focus on and I find it really calming. If you would have told me a few months ago that I would be listening to chants, I probably would have looked at you crazy. All I can say is–Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! (I looked up OM meditation chants on Youtube.)
The Power of Breath
I focus on my breathing, taking deep breaths in, inhaling the positivity and then slowly exhaling the negativity.
New experiences=New You
I think the key is taking in as many new experiences as you can to learn and grow. I had a reconnective healing session done, which balances the energies in your body. Life changing. I also went to Wanderlust, a mindful triathlon, over the weekend. Experiencing a guided meditation with hundreds of others was so cool and has increased my passion to keep going on this journey. Next up on my agenda is to take a meditation class.
So far, so good! Definitely still a major work in progress and I have SO much more to learn! But I’m already feeling more centered and best of all–happier. When I do find myself getting negative or off track, it’s almost like I catch myself and am able to reel myself back in much easier. I feel like I’m becoming a better version of myself….even have new Bronde hair to match. 😉
Have you tried meditation? Would love to hear about your experiences!