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.
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.
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
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.