Learning to Meditate
I love the idea of meditation. Being able to slow down, learning to not react immediately to my emotions and thoughts, and sitting with my breath all sound amazing. But I struggle with the actual practice. My brain is always going at a hundred miles an hour. I’m not good at sitting still. I am an emotionally reactive person. And I am not good at setting aside time for myself, even though I want to do so. But that does not mean that I cannot do it! Learning to meditate and creating a practice for myself is an important next step for my life.
I went through a really good period of time where I meditated almost daily. I would practice right before going to sleep, and it really helped me. Because of this, I felt more grounded, less overwhelmed, and I slept better. This was after college, and before I got engaged, when I really didn’t have a whole lot going on. It made it easy to set aside that time.
Now, I’m married, I have a part-time job, and I have my own business. I struggle with time management, I always have too many things I want to do, and I have not made it a priority to get back into meditation, even though I know that it helps me. How crazy is that?! But I feel like it is the same for a lot of people. It’s easy to set aside time for ourselves when we have a lot of it, right? It gets harder when we start having more responsibility.
Beginning a Daily Practice
My goal for August is to start a regular meditation practice again. I want it to eventually be part of my daily routine. My original thought was to set a challenge for myself to mediate daily. While I would love to be able to do this, I know that the likelihood of that actually happening is slim. And I do not need to put that pressure on myself for something that I want to enjoy. So my plan for next month is to slowly make meditation a part of my daily routine. I want to spend the first week experimenting with the best times to practice, and then begin to add it into my day to day.
Some days it will not happen, because it will not be a priority for that day. And that is all right. I am letting go of that expectation before I even begin. Other days, I know it will feel organic and naturally fit in with my lifestyle. And some days, I know I will maybe not want to do it, but I will feel better for trying.
I really enjoy guided meditations, through apps like Calm or Headspace. They help me stay a bit more focused, and their free versions are excellent. However, if you want to try on your own I created this to show you the basics of how I have learned to meditate in the past.
I will be sharing my experiences in a later post, but you can also follow along on Instagram. If you want to join in, feel free! I would love to see everyone’s different experiences.
Thanks for coming along on this journey with me!
Love and Light, Always,
P.S If you are interested in learning to meditate, or want to expand your practice, here is my Meditation board. It is a good place to start researching.
Be sure to check out my introductory post to learn more about my journey.