I discovered the joy of meditation this year. I had been hearing about it often from various celebrities in the news, reading about it in books and blogs, and finally just decided to try it. The first time I tried it I had a hard time concentrating. I suspect it’s because I am often thinking about all the things I need to get done when I am doing something else. But I had a goal to “be more present” and practicing meditation is was a good way to start.
In the few months that I’ve been practicing, I’ve found that I start the day in a much calmer manner when I meditate in the morning. There are so many meditation apps out there. I use Insight Timer, because I love the options it presents. You can search by topic, amount of time, author, and much more. With over 4,500 meditations available, there’s something for everyone and I can bookmark my favorites for easy access later.
I especially enjoy meditating at night. I was having trouble staying asleep and tried evening meditation as I was lying in bed. It helps me to shut down my brain and relax for a deeper sleep. Sometimes I don’t even make it through the entire meditation; it depends on how tired I am.
Meditation has allowed me to connect with my soul and my feelings on a deeper level. I feel calmer and more at peace. A lot of the meditations I listen to are about self-love, self-confidence, and being present in the moment. It’s a great way to reset my batteries, be alone with my thoughts, and return to the world as a more centered person.
This Fall, I’ll be launching a 30-day meditation challenge. I encourage you to explore this practice as a part of your daily self-care routines.