SO you guys probably don’t know this about myself but I usually struggle to stay put. I’m constantly moving around and if I’m not I feel stagnant and then a failure and it turns into an abusive relationship with myself. I’ve been speaking to a few friends about the benefit of meditation and how it affects their day to day lives. I’ve tried to meditate a few times before but my mind runs like crazy and within minutes I’m distracted and off to the next thing, which is usually food or napping.
Since I struggle with anxiety, sometimes I get this feeling like I’m late or behind schedule and it completely takes over my day. In those moments it’s difficult for me to find the time to slow myself down and realize there’s nothing to stress over. Breathing through situations whether it’s panic attacks or anxiety always help. It gets me in the right state of mind and forces me to slow down. I’ve noticed after meditating every day that breathing is the key component to stay focused and present when trying to do so. (and also not focusing too much on trying to meditate)
Meditation doesn’t always need to be in the form of sitting down on the floor with some tranquil music in the background, focusing so hard on being still. I’ve found meditation during work outs are more my speed cause girls got a ton of energy and needs places to exert it. I’m a huge fan of soul cycle (such an overheard LA sentence) and I’ve been using my time there to really focus on my breathing and embrace what I’m thankful for. It has completely shifted my mood and also my confidence significantly. I feel as though I hold more power in my life now and more I’m connected to people and things around me.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while know it’s clear I love self help, maybe a little too much, but I don’t think meditation even can be considered as much self help as it is self respect. Respecting your body AND your MIND enough to do good for it sometimes is harder than it seems it should be, but when you get into a routine of doing it, you’ll be shocked at how much neglect has been in your life prior to being aware of it. Maybe your definition of meditation will be much much different than mine and that’s okay! All I want to do is encourage you to taking time to do something good for yourself.
There’s a lot of hatred and corruption in this world right now and I think with action and with love we can change that to have a life filled with joy and gratitude… sounding so hippy dippy… I hope you give it a go and try it though. Try it for a week every day, even if it only takes five minutes out of your day. If you can’t spare five minutes to give to yourself, you should definitely reevaluate your lifestyle… mic drop….