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Why I Started Doing Meditation

Meditation was always something that I never thought I could pick up or start. My mind is a very loud and busy place that never stops moving. When I had surgery at the end of April, I wasn’t allowed to do any kind of physical exercise and for someone who works out everyday, this was really hard for me. I went into a very negative headspace where I was crying all the time and had too much negativity and noise in my head. One day during work, I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to just go on the Peloton app and see what I could find that wasn’t strenuous on my body. I stumbled across the meditation section and just clicked on a 10 minute meditation and said what the hell.

I still remember which one it was and who it was with. Peloton Positivity Mediation with Aditi Shah. That’s when my obsession with meditation began. I am not in any means a pro. But it helped significantly while I was recovering. I did a little experimenting once I got comfortable to see what I could do. I found that night time is a way better time for me to meditate because it helps me sleep better at night. I can’t lie down, I have to be sitting up in a seated position resting my back against something. Now 4 months later, at night before I go to bed, I do a Peloton 10 minute meditation.

Not only has meditation helped clear my mind a little bit and quiet the noise for even just 10 minutes, but it has also made me highly aware of how hard and fast I run sometimes and need to let things go and really just take advantage of the quiet moments. Now, I haven’t gone passed 10 minutes in duration but I am working towards it. I love that it has become part of my nightly routine where I can guarantee the last thing I do before I close my eyes, is to really turn off my brain to get a good nights sleep.

Understanding Meditation

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction and is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions.

When I started digging into meditation, I was really curious of the advantages of it all and what it did for the overall health of a person. I can honestly say that I can tell the difference it more than half of these things listed below:

  • Reduced Stress
  • Emotional Balance
  • Increased Focus
  • Reduced Pain
  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Reduced Depression
  • Increased Memory
  • Increased Compassion
  • Increased Productivity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance
  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions

Have you ever tried meditation before? How do you like to meditate? Is there a meditation program/class that you love to do? As always, thank y’all for stopping by and reading. I will see y’all back here next time.

Love, Dani

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