In a previous posts I spoken about the power of meditation and today I want to share my experience in more detail with you, so you can further understand the benefits of this ancient human past time.
I cannot express to you enough the impact this simple, yet at times challenging practice has had on my own health and happiness. I would like to say that I stumbled across this myself and learnt the how too very quickly but that isn’t how my journey began. To be honest I hated the thought of sitting and just focusing on my breath or some sought of mantra. I would repeatedly question how this could at all make a difference to my then current health situation. It wasn’t until my Naturopath, at the time gently but firmly guided me to the ‘1 Giant mind’ app on my phone. Renee pretty much summed it up by saying “Sammy you need to do this because your health depends on it.” As I don’t like to displease people (an almost reformed people pleaser) I took her advice, downloaded the app and signed up to a 30-day challenge. Each morning before work I would sit on the coach in darkness and silence with my headphones on and listen to the chiming of the bell and repeat a mantra in my head, which gradually would fade out of my consciousness—only if my mind was able to relax however.
Sitting in stillness was bloody hard, and took a lot of self-talk and positive reassurance; after all I didn’t want to let my Naturopath down. After the 30-day challenge I noticed a few subtle changes—I was sleeping more deeply and for more than 4 hours (woohoo), my anxiety upon wakening had reduced and wasn’t waking me almost every morning. I felt more at ease within myself, my mind didn’t feel like it was spinning like a hamster wheel all day every day and I was able to be more in the moment when speaking with friends and loved ones. Let’s just say my Naturopath was pretty pleased with me, but to be honest I was actually pretty chuffed with myself.
Since that initial experience meditation has been my go to practice to chill my mind and get me back into my body. For so long I had been escaping my body in every way I could—pushing it and forcing it to do things it didn’t want to do, all because I chose not to pay attention and listen—meditation taught me how to do this. Today, my body truly thanks me for taking the time to listen and observe it, it’s as though I let out a big sigh of relief and came home to what was truly calling out to me. I won’t lie to you, some days I just don’t get in my meditation (or medi for short) and need to adapt to what I can provide to myself. Mediation has also helped me with adapting and regulating my emotions when things don’t necessarily go the way I had planned. What I do every day even if I only have 5-10 minutes is I will take space just for me, to focus on my breath or recite a mantra. Although this may not be my version of an ideal meditation (I have a favourite) it still allows for introversion, stillness and peace to be felt to some degree within my body. Another lesson meditation has taught me is it’s okay to feel restless, uneasy, sad or angry just as much as it is okay to feel happy, calm and content. It allows you to openly feel, observe and release any emotion in the present moment.
I thank the art of meditation and those who freely share it, for being one of my biggest teachers and guides and I cannot recommend it highly enough, which is why I wanted to share this with you today.
Meditation is a process of recovery and helps you to experience life and situations differently.
Remember, it’s a journey and no one meditation will be the same—the most important thing however, is that you show up for yourself each and every time.
With greater consciousness, awareness and wellbeing.