Whoops! I disappeared for a little bit there! Uni hit me like a ton of bricks (as per) and I totally was not ready for it! I mean on the plus side I’m totally “on it” with my uni work and absolutely ready to smash this year! But it does mean this wonderful spot on the internet got a little neglected! So sorry! I’ll try to make sure it doesn’t happen again!
So my last post talked about embracing vulnerability and the power of failure and it was crazy, within hours of me posting it I saw other bloggers and youtubers talking about the same thing! Crazy how unconnected people and lives can all link together! But today I wanted to talk about something that can help embrace your vulnerability and that is meditation.
Meditation is something that I have grown to love exponentially in the last few months. I never understood the power of it before. I’ve recently been reading the Dalai Lama’s book The Art of Happiness and he talks a lot about the power of silence and meditation on the road to a happier being and a more fulfilled life.
Now to some this may sounds utopian or hard to understand, it’s okay, embrace those feelings as I felt them once upon a time. But it was only through trying it I learnt the benefits. When I did try meditation I was doing it all wrong. I was meditating with the purpose of “seeing what the fuss is about” and to “make myself calmer”. Now, spoiler alert, this is no way to meditate. Meditation is about not having a purpose or being forced. It is being present and connected.
I’ve been using the Calm app for quite some time now to meditate. Having the guided sessions enables me to focus as, even though I have been meditating for a while, I’m still a learner. Sometimes I have a really refreshing session and I’m ready to face the day/task in hand. But sometimes my focus will be all off and I’ll end up feeling more unproductive than when I began. But that’s the beauty of it I supposed, it’s about practice and patience.
It’s pretty simple
Find a quiet space, where you know you won’t be disturbed sit down on a chair or on a cushion and get comfy.
Either put on some calming music or enjoy the silence.
Close your eyes.
And focus on your breathing and follow the breath in, and out. Focusing on where you feel it in your nose and your stomach and track that feeling.
Don’t focus or think about anything else, just your breath. And it’s as simple as that.
Well, it’s a simple process but it does take time to get the most out of it. You’ll find that your mind sometimes goes for a wander, acknowledge it, accept it and just return to your breath. Just keep this going and things will get easier.
Try it for a few times and see how you feel. Let me know how you get on!