Six months ago if you told me I'd be meditating every morning and it would become my favourite part of the day, I would have probably looked at you like a crazy person.
"LOL HA HA OKAY!" would be my exact words.
But the truth is for the past month and a half, I started meditating every morning and now I'm addicted. I can't really explain why, but I'll try my best!
Here are some questions you may have.
Soooo what is mediation? Do you just sit with your legs crossed and go hummmmm?
Yes and no. Mediation can be different for everyone. I've learned that there's no "right way" to do it.
For me, it's the one time in the day where I spend time on myself and commit to myself 100%, and where I quiet and clear my mind as much as possible. It's a place where I relax, observe (in my mind) and most importantly, listen.
How do you do it?!
Like I said before, it can be done in so many different ways, and you need to pick a method that works best for you!
You can sit, stand, lay down in your bed, or do whatever you want. There aren't any rules. You can listen to peaceful music or be in complete silence. You can even repeat a mantra to yourself or focus on a specific image or sentence in your head. Or you can think of nothing.
Here's my method:
I listen to a specific mediation audio by Deepak and Oprah on YouTube. It's a great way to introduce yourself to mediation because it tells you what to do. They are twenty minutes long and feature an awesome intro by Oprah where she sets the tone, offers inspiring and positive statements. The second part is lead by Deepak where he gives your further insight and offers a mantra. The third part is the "meditation" part where you repeat the mantra your head with calming music.
I put on my earphones, I sit in a comfortable position (I don't lie down or else I fall asleep), close my eyes, and I usually try to do it outside or face a window.
It sounds long and complicated but it's really simple. My only job is to listen.
The hardest but most important part of meditation is keeping useless thoughts from entering your mind and focusing on the present moment (what I'm supposed to be doing today, how much money is in my bank account, a phone call that I should make, what I'll have for breakfast, etc is all useless during mediation!)
Okay cool, so what are the benefits?
After doing this for almost a month, I would say that one of the biggest benefits is that it really helps you to be in the present moment. That sounds soooo hippy dippy but it's true. It's the one time in the day where I'm actually 100% PRESENT and aware of who I am and what I'm doing. I don't think about anything else except for what's playing through my earphones.
Another thing it does is it relieves my stress and ensures that I start my day on a positive note. To me, my morning mediation is like emptying the trash out of my head. After my twenty minutes is over, my mind feels clear, more focused, and very positive. Only important things are on my mind after I meditate. All of the little stresses and anxieties disappear.
My other favourite thing about mediation is enlightenment! Sometimes when you meditate, new ideas, insights, or even answers will pop into your head. Questions or problems that you might have will start to resolve. It might take a couple of tries to get to this stage, but if you keep up with mediation you'll get there. And people who meditate frequently know EXACTLY what I mean. It helps you make decisions. The more you meditate, the more you'll get to know your true self.
How has your life changed?
To sum it all up in the simplest way possible, here is what has changed.