So, I’ve been dreaming up some big ideas for this journal. There is just so much that I want to share with you! Sure, you’re going to get a lot of juicy posts about my life and my wellness journey, but I also want to share many other things with you. Lately, I’ve been really excited about this idea of sharing different wellness places and spaces that I have the opportunity to go visit and experience.
Personally, I am making an effort to experiment more and more with meditation. Let me just throw out there that I have a REALLY hard time with my meditation practice, but I am maintaining consistency and patience. I often get very frustrated, which quickly turns into anger. Not very zen of me, right? But, with all of the changes happening in my life I have felt a little off balance so I figured what better time to start incorporating meditation into my life then now.
This past week, I had the honor of taking a meditation class at MNDFL Meditation. After I chatted with the MNDFL team, an awesome group of people, about booking my cushion and fully committed, I promised myself that I was going to go into the class with an open heart and mind. I promised to have zero expectations and to just be open and accepting to whatever comes my way. When choosing a class, MNDFL has so many to choose from on their schedule, I decided to go with a sound bath, which was led by Nate Martinez (highly recommend).
Upon walking in the door, I was already in love with the studio. The beautiful space is full of greenery, cozy seating, and books to read while you wait for class to start. Class hadn't event started yet and I was already in full relaxation mode. Then, I had the MOST magical class which opened up my eyes and mind to a new side of meditation.
I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY MY EXPERIENCE, IT WAS INCREDIBLE.
The beautiful sounds that vibrated throughout the room helped me to instantly relax and settle into my cushion. I was able to quiet my mind and focus on my natural breath and whenever my mind started to wander outside of the room I just came back to the rhythm of my breath and the sounds. Then, I experienced the most incrediblefeeling. My body became very light and I felt as if I was floating a few inches off the ground. I was vibing high with all of the energy flowing through me! All of my stress and worries disappeared and I felt very centered and in tune with myself. Wow, wow, wow. Can I just feel like that all the time?? It was that experience and that feeling that has inspired me to make an extra effort to slow down and find balance by incorporating a meditation practice into my daily life.
TIPS FOR CREATING A MEDIATION PRACTICE
BE REALISTIC AND EXPERIMENT: The chances are you are not going to become some meditation guru overnight. Try different types of meditation styles until you find what practice or practices are most suitable for you.
KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET: Sometimes when starting out you’re more likely to appreciate the practice if you begin with shorter sessions. Then, as you become a meditation sensation you can work on practicing for longer periods of time! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself!
BE CONSISTENT: It’s beneficial to be consistent with the space and time of day that you’re meditating as well as the amount of time you meditate. This will help you to incorporate meditation into your daily routine so when you skip out it just won’t feel right and you’ll be encouraged to take that time to meditate. Especially when you start to experience the benefits!
GO TO A STUDIO FOR CLASS: Guided meditation can be glorious. When you first start meditating it can be difficult to build a consistent and successful practice solo. Try a few different studios and teaches and learn from their valuable guidance and techniques.
PRACTICE WITH AN OPEN HEART AND MIND: There will be good days and bad days, just like in life! Somedays you may be washed with emotions and end up crying your eyes out after your practice (I’ve totally been there!). Be accepting of whatever comes your way during your meditation practice. If you’re really intrigued by your thoughts and emotions during your practice, take some time to journal once you are done meditating.