A practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.
I’ve heard a lot about meditation…. And yet I still didn’t really know what it was. To be honest, I had no intention of learning more. I was all about daily sweaty workouts and very physical outdoor adventures. Slowing down, mindfulness, breathing exercises…. this was all foreign to me. And… I really didn’t have an interest or feel a need to learn more.
Then I got stressed and felt that I needed more than just my daily workouts. So, I tried listening to a meditation DVD. During the sessions though, I found myself thinking of anything and everything but…. I completely failed to focus on meditating. This went on day after day – my mind going a million places except for how I was being guided through the meditation session. I felt like I was failing with no chance of success in sight.
Then, things changed a bit. Soon I found I was simply falling asleep in the middle of meditation. Apparently, I went from a brain on high speed during these sessions to one that was out cold during them. I wasn’t sure if this meant I was a meditation rock star or that I was just failing in a new way.
Eventually I hit what I call phase three. I not only learned to meditate but I could do it without any guidance. Besides using it in life in general, I quickly found it to be a huge help in easing my anxiety during exams, stressful interactions, medical procedures, etc… By focusing on my breathing, my body relaxed making whatever I was facing go better and become more stress-free for me. Success!
Admittedly I don’t make as much time for it as I should. And I know personally I would be so much better off if I did. Knowing I have this gem in my back pocket though for when I really need it has been a gift and a relief.
So, that’s my meditation story…. I went in completely blind and I ended up finding some great success with it! I would love to hear how others first journeyed into it and how they use it. I definitely could expand my use of it and reap more benefits from it. Baby steps for now, bigger steps on the way.
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