I feel like I have spoken about mindfulness so many times on this blog and wasn’t sure if I should dedicate a full post about this topic. Then I thought, heck yeah!
Mindfulness has been a part of my life now since Dec 2016, how do I know this you ask? It was because after my meditation this morning I was feeling super calm and relaxed and decided to explore my Calm app and wondered through settings and was curious when I started my mindfulness journey…. Oh how quickly time flies!
Anyway, I thought since mindfulness and meditation go hand in hand I wanted to speak more about this topic.
When I think of mindfulness, being present, or meditation, a few names pop into my mind; Thich Nhat Hanh and Eckhart Tolle So many people today speak about how meditation and practicing mindfulness can create abundant health and is considered a part of a lifestyle which embodies health for mind body and spirit. These two people are in my opinion living and breathing this idea that cultivating mindfulness is the gateway to end all suffering and I couldn’t agree more.
I am living this concept every day of my life and I have seen a miraculous change in the quality of my life.
What’s interesting is we can go on and on forever and talk about meditation but if we don’t start doing the work then we can never reap the benefits. Doing the work means you show up every single day and meditate no matter what, no excuses, you make time for it.
Some people insist you need a strict guideline to meditate properly; how to do it, when to do it, the duration etc, I can tell you with every ounce of my being what matter most is you start and stick to a routine you are comfortable with and can sustain for the long haul.
I meditated just for 10 minutes each day when I first introduced it into my routine, then worked up to 10 minutes twice daily, and now 20 minutes twice daily.
I enjoy the guided type of meditation or alternatively sitting in silence especially when my mind is busy.
Many people might disagree with me as to how my cushion time is too short or my posture position is not ideal. You see, I can say for certain that while I have tried different suggestions I found what works best for me and I encourage you to find a suitable one for yourself. These past 2 and half years of regular practice, all I did was meditate to a guiding voice for just 10 minutes a day, I still saw the shift within me. No matter what my day looked like I had to have my sitting no exceptions and this was how I reaped the benefits of this mindfulness practice.
I encourage you to try out different styles of meditation and however the practice may be for you, just know that as long as you show up you will see tremendous progress in your mental state.
Through mindfulness, I’ve been able to witness my anxiety and how it starts to feel within my body and here I was thinking I wasn’t affected by it.
I’m not sitting here to tell you I’ve got it all figured out, I wanted to let you know that being mindful is the first step to taking back the control of your life. When you witness yourself falling off track, the practice of mindfulness allows you to change the course of your thoughts and recognize they are just that…. thoughts with no truth to them. How liberating to be able to have that type of control over your own life, however, it takes consistent effort on your part to awaken your own awareness.
So enough rambling from me and let's get to how you can start implementing this great practice and make it a part of your daily lives!
I’m not here to tell you which is the best way to meditate as you will be the judge of that. It’s getting started that is the hardest part and once you see the results in your life, this will be the motivation for you to continue to show up for yourself.
“ Meditation is peace for your inner world
Mindfulness is peace for your outer world ”
- Susan Nguyen
Differents ways to meditate:
Try the meditation app to start: Insight Timer - it’s free and you can explore different ways of meditation and find one you like, using different time spans to see which works best for you
Chanting meditation - people say when you’re chanting you focus on the words so your mind doesn’t wander and helps you tap into your subconscious mind quickly. I’ve found a good one here- read the caption in their description as they had described it better than I can on how chanting or Mantra meditation they called it can benefit you. There’s a beautiful version of this here she sings it so beautifully and I found this version through the lovely Gabby Bernstein :) I listen to mines via Spotify so if you have an account you don’t need to buy on Amazon
Sitting in silence with a timer set to the desired time you’d like to sit. Many people believe this is the best way to silence your mind. This is when you simply focus on your breath - in and out and maintain this for the duration of your sitting. Noticing the tendency of the mind as it wanders into the past, future, worries, happiness, and everything in between. Your objective here is to simply not judge your thoughts and return back to your breath which is in the present moment
Walking meditation. If the thought of sitting still is hard for you, how about trying to implement mindfulness in your everyday life?. Try taking time to walk in silence and mindfully walk and notice each step you take and how it feels when your feet touch the ground and how the wind breeze feels against your skin, the sounds of traffic or birds around you etc. you get the point. You get good exercise and feed the mind good vibes while doing it
Mindfulness simply means you are mindful of the moment you’re in and you're not lost in your thoughts. Meditation is the vehicle that will help you notice this tendency which is the natural way of the mind and allow you to refocus your point of attention.
Life before meditation for me was a blur as I didn’t even realize I wasn’t being present and enjoying the moment I was in- when you don’t know something - you simply don’t know what is missing.
I think I’ve covered the most popular techniques of meditation above, I hope you will try some of the ones I’ve suggested. Please let me know your experience with meditation or any mindfulness tips which work well for you and I’ll see you next week!
Sending you all my love,