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Food & Fitness,  Self-care

Meditation: You want me to what?

Courtesy of Wikipedia, the definition of meditation is a “practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state”. I am sure that many of you have been told meditation is the key to finding peace in your mind and have heard of this popular practice. However, before I start with my personal experience in learning the art of meditation, I do wish to warn you about my sense of humor to poke fun about the worldwide phenomenon.

My Meditation Experience

When someone first told me to meditate, I laughed. Hard. As a woman, I am a multitasker. When I cook dinner, I am thinking about what I should have for breakfast. When I am driving home, I am thinking about whether I should workout or watch a movie. If I am watching a movie on my couch, odds are I’m also searching through social media on my phone (sigh, what a habit I need to change). While at work, I am thinking about my running to-do list at home. It is a characteristic I was gifted at a young age that I will likely hold onto for eternity.

meditation rocks

My boyfriend, bless his soul, was the first person to tell me I needed to meditate. Not only did he tell me to meditate with him, but that I should wake up and meditate every single day if I wanted a more peaceful lifestyle. Any hike in those beautiful Colorado Mountains that we go on together, he searches to find a rock to sit down and meditate. I thought he was crazy at first. Is he seriously going to waste our time outdoors to sit on a d*mn rock? I would play along, but never really understood what he was getting out of the experience, besides having a sore tush.

But then I tried it, and I mean really tried it. A few short weeks ago, I was having a very stressful day and could not get out of my mood or my rut. I Google’d “how to meditate” for some tips, found a quiet grassy area outside and I meditated. And oh boy did it work.

Check-In: 

  • Stress level before: 7
  • Stress level after: 3
  • Length: 20 minutes
  • Location: outside in grassy area away from anyone
  • Sound: soft yoga inspired music
  • Result: holy sh*t I need to sit in silence more often

Meditation Goal:

Currently, I am working towards my goal to meditate each day for 20 minutes after work before I go home. Why? Because I have a very emotionally stressful job, and my work-home balance needs to be separated before I go crazy. Meditation helps me do this by giving my mind a chance to clear any stresses and negativity from the day and be present when I arrive home. 

Also, check out August – A start to a new me for more goals.

Beginner-to-Beginner Meditation Tips: 

  • Find somewhere quiet where you can be alone
  • Set aside 10-20 minutes between busy tasks
  • Breathe slowly and focus on feeling the breaths you take
  • Listen to calming music that you enjoy listening to

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

Baba Ram Dass

Comment below to share some of your own meditation practices!