I had always heard about the benefits of meditation, but whenever I tried it in the past, I always felt like it was pointless. Like a silly or stupid waste of time. I could be doing something else with my time. Or, I would try doing meditation laying in bed before going to sleep and surely, I would fall asleep instantly and not really recall if I had even meditated.
In March 2017, Oprah and Deepak Chopra teamed up and gave us access to a 21-day series called “Shed the Weight”. It was a daily meditation and, while I listened to it in the car on the way to work (which isn’t perhaps the most effective or recommended way to do meditation), I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found myself calmer (a happier and less annoyed or irate driver), getting more clarity before starting my day, and just feeling better as a whole.
My therapist then recommended that I try out an app called Calm. I tried it out and it was a 10-minute guided meditation each day on a variety of topics. I still don’t have the “best” practices for meditation (I often times foam roll while meditating), but I have come to really love it and even just that 10 minutes is the perfect amount of STOP, PAUSE, BREATHE, BE PRESENT that I need. What I recognize more than ever is that the power of meditation is that you’re effectively training your brain to quiet the thoughts and extra noise and create an awareness that you then carry into other areas of your life.
I really can’t recommend meditation enough. I’ve benefited greatly from it and I would not consider myself a very disciplined or advanced meditation expert in any way, shape or form.
I would start off with a 21-day series like Oprah and Deepak’s meditation series (click here to browse the library). The meditations are about 20 minutes or so in length, which may be too much to commit to at first. But, what I love about starting with this is that it’s 21 days and it builds on a particular topic, so that you can really work to try and build on the practice and habit. And then consider the Calm app. And, to put this in perspective, 10 minutes a day is less than 1% of your entire day!
If you have any questions or comments about meditation, please feel free to leave me a comment below or contact me.