In our chaotic lives today (our lives are all chaotic in some way), we can oftentimes overlook the importance of just… stop and ponder about what we’re doing. How we are doing. We can easily be overwhelmed by our day-to-day urgent demands, and let time pass us by.
One thing that I have started doing this year is meditate. No, I don’t sit in that lotus position that you often come across when you google ‘meditation’. Some postures are recommended for meditation, but as long as you’re sitting calmly, you can meditate.
Why did I decide to do it?
I decided to take up meditation this year for several reasons, actually. Besides the fact that I have more time to explore different activities, meditation requires a different focus that none of my other activities can enforce. It’s all about understanding yourself, and how your mind works. You can develop so many internal qualities, such as better concentration, emotional positivism, mental clarity, and calmness – depending on the type of meditation that you choose to practice. I decided to try it out for myself after reading countless articles and books about this practice.
I have never tried to meditate before because it didn’t seem as something ‘active’ enough for me. Everything else that I do – reading, writing, playing an instrument, practicing a sport – they felt like active things that would make me feel accomplished. I felt that meditation was… ‘not for me’. Which is precisely why I had to meditate.
How do I feel so far?
I haven’t been meditating for long enough to claim the benefits of people that practice meditation seriously. And it’s surely something that you can (only) notice yourself, as it’s within you. But so far… I feel pretty good. I meditate in sessions of 10 minutes, once or twice each day (morning or night).
One benefit that I can point out is that is has made me less… desperate. Meditation forces you to acknowledge your feelings and thoughts, which, in turn, enables you to not react to them as you normally would. It has enabled me to be slightly more at peace with my inner ‘turmoil’.
Recommendations for You!
Out of all the healthy habits that one can adopt, this is something that everyone can do, for the following reasons:
- You don’t need so much time. 10 minutes every day is enough, and you can easily squeeze this before bedtime.
- The app that I’m currently using to guide my meditation sessions is called Headspace. It’s really good, even though you have to pay after the 10-days trial is over. If you’re not willing to do so, there are other apps like Calm and Stop, Breathe & Think, which can be just as helpful. You have to try them to see for yourself!
- Headspace is the best app if you’re a beginner.
- Meditation is not as scary/boring/useless/any-other-misconception as you may think. Of course, it all depends on whether you try out meditation with a positive mindset or not. I urge you to do so.