Until recently, I thought meditation was only for woo-woo, hippy-dippy folks. I had so many preconceived notions in regard to meditation. I thought you had to be enlightened and have some sort of guide to do it correctly. 

Anytime the word “meditation” came up, I always thought to myself:

  • “I can hardly sit still, there’s no way I can sit down for a half hour to meditate.” 
  • “Pilates and movement is my meditation”
  • “I go outside and take walks in nature, that’s meditation, right?”
  • “Is this a religious practice?”
  • “What the heck is meditation anyway? 
  • "Am I supposed to repeat a mantra? What is a mantra and how does one choose?" 
  • "Should I invest in meditation?" 
  • “And what’s so great about meditation anyway?”

I had so many questions about meditation. I had tried “Oprah & Deepak’s Meditation Challenge” a few years back, but it didn’t really stick and I didn’t really get it until I was on a call with an amazing entrepreneurial friend recently.  

She was coaching me through some stuff I felt was blocking me from reaching my goals. She said, “Do you meditate?” My mind, yet again, went back through all of my thoughts about meditation {see list above}. My response to her was “no, and I don’t know how to meditate or why I should even do it.”

Her response to me was this: 

“You can’t do it wrong, in fact you can find guided meditations on youtube and it’s really simple and a really helpful practice.

Set a timer for 5-10 minutes, sit by yourself and focus on something simple. When your brain wanders, return to the simple thing you’re focusing on” 

Then she shared this amazing video, which explains meditation in 3 simple steps. It had me at “...bicep curl for your brain.” I personally like to focus on my breath just as this video recommends.

I’m happy to say that for over a month now, I’ve been meditating daily. I can feel the difference in my mind. When I meditate I stay more positive, I start the day more grounded and calm. It’s almost like a happy pill you can take without the nasty side-effects. On days when I haven’t been able to meditate before leaving the house, I’ll take a meditation moment when I can, during the day or even just before bed.

Check out that life-changing, short, simple video I mentioned earlier right here.

While I’m no meditation expert, I want to share this with you because I believe it can help you as much as it’s helped me:

To focus, to stay positive, clear your mind, uplift your spirit and to be present

For more on meditation, check out the Happify youtube page. 

Also this wonderful freebie, a pep-talk meditation from Kris Carr (scroll to the bottom of the page, or wait for the pop-up). After playing this “pep-talk meditation” regularly for several weeks,  I decided to purchase her meditation album and I pick and choose which tracks suit my needs each day. I LOVE her meditation tracks and highly recommend them. 

Now, I want to hear from you. Do you meditate? If not, have you ever tried it? If you do, what are your favorite tips for a successful practice? Any tools you use that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below. 

Cheers to trying new things and believing life has your back.

                                      Love,

 

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