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5 things I learned from meditation.

I’ve been working on my overall health for a really long time, but most of the time, I put a huge focus on my weight, and the way I look and not how I’m feeling. Getting older means getting wiser, and learning self-love. So, in addition to my weight loss escapades, I took on a new challenge – meditate for 20 minutes each day. This all actually started BECAUSE of my phone. I was browsing the app store, and came across this app called “Calm.” I checked out what they were about – reducing stress and increasing calm in an increasingly stressed-out world. 

Sweet.

Meditation means lots of different things to different people. For me, I decided that it was a moment to pause, listen to some calming music, breathe, unplug, and get away from the world and in tune with myself for 20 minutes – no thinking, just being. From the time I wake up, to the time I go to sleep I’m in front of a screen, so I thought a 20 minute break was warranted. No cell phones, no computers, just me, my thoughts, and the soothing sounds of my app (which is cheating JUST a bit, but whatever). 

So I ventured into the foray of calmness, and I learned a few things. 

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1) Trying to be calm is way harder than you think. 

It took me a few nights before I mastered the art of emptying my mind. At first, I would constantly open my eyes and shut them really fast. “dang it! I wasn’t supposed to do that. Dang it, stop talking to yourself inside of your head!” I would have this battle with myself about how to just BE calm for the first few days. I usually wasted about 10 minutes before I’d actually tune anything out. 

2) The people you love will make fun of you when you tell them you’re going to start meditating. 

I never saw Bryan laugh as hard at me when I laid in bed the first night with my app. He kept poking me, and giggling, and prodding until I was like “DUDE. I’m seriously doing this.” Then he said he’d try not to distract me again. But ya. People think it’s totes weird, they think you’re turning into a  Monk and they’ll let you know about it.

3) You HAVE to do it when it’s quiet, the dark helps too. 

Meditation is actually just a deep exercise in extreme focus. So, doing it with little distraction only helps you have a better time. For a few nights, I’ve had the sound of the TV on, or B playing a video game. My sessions were okay, but they would’ve been better with some slight adjustments on the nights where I just played ocean sounds, or the rain, I had a better time. 

4) You feel kind of stupid at first, but then you’re so outside of yourself, that you don’t remember how stupid you felt… 

I felt weird listening to a lady I don’t know give me instructions on how to stay calm. Every so often I would get really deep into my session, but she’d pop in to tell me about my posture, or my breathing. At the end of the first few sessions I thought, “this is kind of silly.” 

5) …But if feels so good when the bell goes off and you slowly wake up with a clear head (or you’re even more ready to hit the hay).

After I “woke up” to the bell each time, I felt refreshed in a way that I never really have felt (like, even after I wake up from sleeping). My shoulders weren’t tense. My head was clear and I felt like I let go of whatever I was holding onto that day. 

Taking a time out each day is something that I feel is really important to me. Even if it’s before sleep, or I take a few minutes during my lunch break to just recharge. I’m learning that just taking a quick breather everyday just makes me feel good. 

 

 

 

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Mila is the author of Hangry Woman and a type 2 diabetic, trying to navigate her new world. She lives in Texas with her Husband, Bryan, and her pup, Lily. She loves to talk to her readers, so find her on social media and say hello!

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2 Comments

  1. @FancyCapitalist
    March 12, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Nelson and I tried this for a while too. Loved it. Don’t know why we stopped. 🙁

    • March 12, 2015 / 8:32 pm

      It’s my favorite thing to do now. I think I’ll keep the practice up for a long time. I’m liking the habit.

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