I was never one for meditation. Being in the corporate world I think my attitude was that I didn’t have time to be ‘still’. On the rare occasion I went to a yoga class, I was the person at the back lying down in savasana scratching my nose every 5 seconds, opening my eyes, and twitching uncomfortably. In my head I was making lists and thinking about the most absurd things – my brain would literally not switch off!
My goodness how my attitude has changed! I have been using an app called 1 Giant Mind to learn how to meditate. The app takes you through a 12 step mediation course – 15 minutes a day for 12 days. You simply sit comfortably, pop your headphones in and listen to a very soothing voice talk you through your daily meditation. You are able to track how you are feeling before and after the mediation, and keep diary notes to look back on.
Since taking the course I feel more in control of my thoughts. I feel I can let go of negative emotions quicker, and feel more ‘present’ as I am able to clear my mind. I am certainly not a meditation expert and my mind often wonders during the 15 minutes, but I have learnt that this is ok.
“The goal of meditation is not to get rid of thoughts or emotions. The goal is to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and learn how to move through them without getting stuck”.
Meditation has also highlighted how much I have been missing out on because I have been so stuck in my mind and have not been 100% ‘present’. When your mind is still and clear the world literally comes alive around you! You notice sounds and smells you have never noticed before and then this translates into everyday life. I spend so much time in my car and always have music on but it has always been in the background. Now I really LISTEN to the music. I hear the lyrics and I FEEL things.
I make time to meditate for 10-15 minutes a day and overall I feel so much more in-tune with myself and my emotions, and I am better able to ‘control’ them. I can acknowledge sad or negative thoughts and then let them drift away without DWELLING. I think that’s the biggest thing – I used to stew over things for so long and analyse, reanalyse, question, asses and then reassess and I no longer do this. Meditation has gifted me with a clearer and more positive state of mind.
I highly recommend the 1 Giant Mind app if you are new to meditation. It’s a great tool and it’s really easy to find 10-15 minutes a day to take the daily step – I usually did mine just before bed when I was settled.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the app or any others you have used. I would also love to hear about your own mediation experience and any tips and tricks you may have.
Much love xx