To be the best person I can be I need time and space to reflect on my active lifestyle. The amount of pressure and the level of commitment it takes to try and live a happy and balanced lifestyle sometimes takes a toll on my mindset, so in an attempt to control my anxiety and improve my general well being, I meditate.
Meditation calms my mind as well as increasing my tolerance levels. For example, I don’t snap as much as I used to at the smallest of things. Meditating should be easy; it shouldn’t be something you need to force yourself. It can be done anywhere you have the chance to feel safe and present in your body. You don’t have to be seated with your eyes closed and back perfectly straight to meditate. This position isn’t realistic and the idea of having to sit perfectly upright for a long time sounds uncomfortable.
I meditate for at least 30 minutes twice a week, and it’s now part of my routine. Here are some things I’ve learned during my meditation journey:
– It’s okay to have various thoughts come to mind when meditating. Just let those thoughts in because if you shut them out, you’ll find they’ll manifest in other ways.
– Be aware of your body. When was the last time you paid attention to your body or to the way you breathe? When was the last time you closed your eyes to feel if you had tension present anywhere in your body?
– You can’t ignore your body or your mind for extended periods of time; it’s not the way to live a healthy and life.
– My favourite type of meditation is when someone guides me through the practice, talking in a soft voice, which helps me to focus on my breath and my body.
What do you do to relax your mind?