I started meditating about 3 years ago when I was in therapy and experiencing horrific anxiety, daily panic attacks and holding onto a lot of anger. It was a real low point for me and I was struggling not only with my mental health but also my physical health.
My therapist suggested I tried meditation to manage my anxiety and bring my cortisol down (my stress levels were through the roof!). So I listened, began meditating and my life was transformed.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying meditation is some magical cure for all the things. But I do believe meditation was an invaluable tool that helped me go from rock bottom, to where I am today.
I think a lot of people have this resistance to meditation because they have a preconceived idea of what it is before even trying it. I know this, because I used to be that person too. I used to think meditation was this inaccessible, overly woo woo thing that only super spiritual people did. I judged it before even trying it for myself.
What I've realised since then and during my journey of meditation practice is that meditation is a different experience for everyone and we shouldn't put any expectations on what we think it should be or feel like.
Meditation doesn't need to mean sitting with your legs in an uncomfortable pretzel shape with your fingers in a mudra, chanting ohm and having some kind of profound spiritual experience. It is for some people, for sure, but it isn't solely that. And it has never been like that for me.
For me, meditation simply means taking 10 minutes out of my day to sit in solitude, with my eyes closed to be with myself. It doesn't always feel 'easy' and after years, I still sometimes struggle to calm my thoughts. But that's all ok too. Because for me, the goal of meditation is not to get better at it or to progress. It is simply to take that time for myself and allow myself a moment of stillness and peace in this hectic world we live in.
It has helped me to;
- build my self-awareness
- release anger
- overcome anxiety
- connect with myself
- process grief and other difficult emotions
- tune into my physical body
- improve my patience
- build compassion and kindness towards myself and others
- focus on joy and gratitude
- and so much more.
Meditation has changed my life and I am grateful everyday that I take those simple 10 minutes for myself. Nothing fancy. Nothing overly profound or spiritual. Just sitting for 10 minutes in solitude, using the Calm app or sometimes just following my breath.
Have you tried meditation? Or has this blog inspired you to try it? If so I'd love to hear from you! Let me know below or send me a DM on Instagram.
Thank you for reading, I really hope you found this insightful - as always I'd love to hear your feedback if you did.
Love Georgia xx
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