I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’ve taken up meditation. I’ve never tried meditation on its own — but rather as part of yoga classes. Like most people, I have a lot on my daily to-do list…and also on my mind. While I’m normally good at compartmentalization and breaking things down into smaller more digestible tasks, sometimes I feel like my mind is at capacity.
That was certainly the case last week. My mind struggled to cope with the pace I had set for it, and as a result it took a toll on my body. In thinking of ways to calm my mind and body down, I grabbed my iPhone and downloaded a meditation app. Calm offers a free seven day daily meditation practice, which has really helped me connect to my breath.
Since I am a novice at meditation, I often find my mind wandering during the practice and returning to things that happened earlier in the day. Meditation has taught me that it’s okay to let your mind wander — it’s what the mind naturally does. Through meditation, I hope to learn how to quiet my mind when necessary (like right before bed), and how to handle stressful situations better without having them affect my whole body. So far, I’ve enjoyed doing my practice right before bed and have found that it has helped me get to sleep faster while sleeping sounder through the night.
I’m looking forward to continuing my meditation practice and trying some other apps. Next month, look for another post documenting my 30-day journey!
I’d love to hear any tips or suggestions you have for me, and feel free to join me on this journey. Have you ever tried meditation? Are there any apps you recommend?