I never really understood what meditation really was until I tried it for myself and began to reap the benefits.
It sounded so simple – take five/ten minutes, close your eyes, breathe and clear your mind. Easy enough, right? Not quite.
I tried and couldn’t even go one full minute before my mind started wandering. This was much more difficult than I originally thought.
I talked to a few friends that meditate on the regular and got a few tips:
1) When you close your eyes, focus on the little dots you can see. That’s it, don’t “think” about anything else.
2) REALLY focus on your breath. Breathe in and say to yourself “let” breathe out and say “go”.
3) Download an app and try a guided mediation.
So, I tried all three. I downloaded the app Calm and it really helped. I started with the “7 Days of Calm” and got addicted. Just 10 minutes a day, completely for myself.
Honestly speaking, I can’t say I’ve had any crazy epiphanies but I do feel so much better after I take 10 and clear my mind. Not only do I feel better, I really do believe it’s helped me in the following:
Improved concentration – A clear mind makes me more productive, especially in creative disciplines like writing.
I’m less bothered by little things – I sometimes allow myself to get upset by little things. It is the nature of the mind to magnify small things into serious problems. Meditation helps me detach. I’m beginning to live more in the here and now, rather than worrying about the past or future.
I try not worry about meaningless things, but see the bigger picture. As Mama G would say, “In five years, will this matter?”. If the answer is no, then pull an Elsa and Let It Go.
Better Health – There have been numerous studies pointing to the health benefits of meditation. The reason is that meditation reduces stress levels and alleviates anxiety. If we can reduce stress, many health benefits follow.
Knowledge of Self – Meditation has enabled me to have a deeper understanding of my inner self. Knowing I can get to a state of complete calm is a powerful feeling.
So why not try it? Happy meditating, friends!