I first got interested in meditation a couple of years ago, because I’d read that it helps with managing anxiety, which for me was really bad at the time. I downloaded a meditation app and tried it, but I couldn’t make it a daily routine then, it was incredibly hard for me to just sit and breathe for even five minutes, so in the end I dropped it.
A little over a year ago, I started practicing yoga regularly and I decided to incorporate meditation to my practice because they really go hand in hand. I started with five minutes every day after my yoga practice, and made it a goal to meditate every day in 2017, even for just one minute a day. Meditation became a daily routine for me, even though it was usually just five minutes a day, it still is something. Towards the end of last year I upped the time to 10-15 minutes and that’s where I’m now in my practice. I’m trying to increase my meditation time quite slowly because there is no way that I could start meditating an hour a day straight away, even 15 minutes feels like an eternity sometimes.
There haven’t been any major awakenings in my practice so far, which was expected but I’ve definitely noticed small changes in my daily habits and responses to different people and situations.
Overthinking is my brain’s favourite hobby, that it has continued to grow my whole life. My head is usually filled with worry and all kinds of thoughts, and in addition it’s always stuck either in the past or future. I’ve found that for me, the best time to meditate is in the evening because it helps me to put away all the thoughts that rummaged through my head all day. It enables me to actually have a relaxing night, which also affects the quality of my sleep.
Because I take these few minutes to just sit and breath every day, it helps me to deal with irritating situations better. For example if I have to wait for something longer than usual, I don’t get snappy about it but rather use the time to just look around and notice what’s going on in the world around me. Also, in situations of conflict, I’m more able to stop and hear the problem and solve it, rather than going on an on about it.
There are many little ways that I have incorporated mindfulness into my habits. I don’t act with such a rush as before, but rather take my time with one task and give it all my focus. This has also improved the quality of my work because I put more thought in use. I’ve also noticed that meditation is definitely not just sitting crosslegged and repeating mantras in your head, but it can be simply taking a walk in nature and listening to the different sounds of life, or cooking a meal from scratch, or colouring, or anything that gives the mind a break and a chance to breath.
I’ve also observed that yoga and meditation combined have boosted my confidence a lot, and generally affected positively on my mood. There’s something so powerful in focusing on your own body and head mindfully for even a little while, that bring out so much goodness, and the effects are visible on the outside too.
There is so much information available in the form of books, videos, blogs and articles, which makes starting a lot easier because you got all the background information needed, and probably every question answered already. I’m willing to explore meditation more and include it into my life so that it becomes as normal habit as eating, because I know that it affects my life, and especially my mind, positively and why would I throw away a habit like that.