Today I want to share with you bits of my meditation journey and some tips and tricks that have helped me along the way.
Whether you’re a working parent, student, or simply a busy person, it is hard to find balance in your life. I get it, we all get it. Before I started working full time, I was sprinting through life and there was definitely no stopping me. I used to prefer waking up early, fixing a tea and go work out afterwards, but after I started working I had to switch up my schedule. Two months ago I decided to practice meditation… for real. I say “for real” because I’ve practiced meditation before but never really stuck to it, since let’s be honest, I was impatient.
Here are some of my tips for anyone who wants to try out meditation.
Disclaimer: I’m not an expert, I am simply just sharing my story about why I started and how it’s my lifestyle!
1. My first days of meditation
How I felt at first: Awful. The thought of meditating was intimidating. I found the experience irritating and each time I started practicing my mind got extremely noisy and I constantly looked for distractions to find a reason to stop. I would scratch my hand, my nose, or simply move because the quietness was unbearable.
I am used to think about everything every single second so the thought of not thinking about everything every single second was scary.
I started with guided meditations because I needed a practitioner who could guide me through the process. I recommend guided meditations, either on Youtube or Meditation Apps, because they allow you to use visualization as you are meditating.
What to expect:
- 5 minutes seem like 5 hours
- Your mind cannot stay still and neither can you (you are suddenly feeling itchy all over)
- You become aware of how you breathe
- Outside noises seem louder
- You feel happier (I SWEAR)
2. Meditation in the morning
Each morning after waking up, I practiced 5-20 minutes of Meditation and I thought about things I was grateful for. I even have a notebook to write things I am grateful for, and meditation has helped me re-think important parts of my life I was taking for granted. I am amazed by the way small things are able to affect the quality of my life, mood, thoughts, aspirations and well being.
3. Meditation by podcasts
For some, even 5 minutes a day are impossible to find. Again, I get it, we all get it. I have mentioned this before, and I will re-mention it a thousand more times, LISTEN TO PODCASTS. When I started working, I knew that some days I wouldn’t find the time to meditate, but I really really wanted to stick to it. I work 15 minutes away from home, so each morning I try to listen to podcasts or a guided meditation while walking. Also, I started listening to Affirmation Pod while working out or doing yoga. Check out this link for more podcasts: http://counterculturist.net/best-meditation-podcasts/
Download these apps:
- Insight Timer (I use this the most, if you download this app add me as a Friend so we can meditate together)
- The Mindfulness App
On a final note, do not confine yourself on where, how, when to meditate. You can absolutely meditate anywhere, anytime, anyhow.
As we are heading towards the end of 2017, I hope this post helps to shed some light on bringing more balance into your life and enter 2018 with positive goals in mind. I don’t believe in a perfect balanced life. To me, balance is about what brings peace and happiness to you everyday, so I hope this takes the pressure off of trying to have that perfect life and helps to remind you to just add more peace into your daily schedule.
How’s your practice going? Share your comments and thoughts 🙂