Adding Meditation To Your Day

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Meditation is a practice that I incorporated into my wellness life about five years ago. I did so at a time that I was going through one of my first big life changes and needed something to do daily to help me work through my thoughts.

As I was told, meditation was a very powerful experience for me. I didn’t realize at the time how impactful adding this was in my life. It wasn’t like there was a huge epiphany that hit me. But each day after starting to take this time for myself was a little clearer. Looking back I know that it helped guide my choices and bring me to where I am today.

The practice of meditation is very personal. It means something different to each person and may look slightly different as well. But the end result is the same. The goal of meditation is to quiet the mind enough to hear be present and bring more joy into your life.

When faced with big decisions, it is often difficult to know which direction to choose. Maine or California? Engineering or art? To push through it or let it go?

Meditating doesn’t necessarily give you the answer but rather shuts off all of the other stimulus and background noise enough so you can listen more clearly or mindfully to what you actually need. It is through that silence and lack of distraction that you can hear better.

How did I start?

I actually started to meditate by using youtube guided meditations. I found a few that were related to what I was trying to achieve. One important thing you need is a quiet space. Somewhere comfortable, with dim light, maybe a candle lit, no distractions and maybe a notebook close by. Then find a comfortable position that you can stay in for over 10 minutes.

Here are a few guided meditations that I use again and again:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6q_TIG_sKc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sZYAB4qnU0&t=0s&list=PLhKMpca-rdAp-5flqXQfVHItKCvFKBpTe&index=3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0ka14TeOzc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1e-Zdw5UTw

Eventually, I started to use calming music to help me tap into a meditative headspace. Sometimes when there is a lot going on in my brain, I use the guided meditations again. Journaling, taking a long walk in nature or relaxing in a hot bath are other things that allow my brain to quiet.

Try any of these options and see where they take you. Your journey to meditation is going to be different than anyone else’s. Wherever you begin is perfect :)

xo

Other resources:

https://blog.bulletproof.com/benefits-of-meditation-how-to-meditate/

https://www.headspace.com/

Andrea Rodgers