Growing Organically | Meditation
This month has been quite a month. TGIF! I’m so glad that we also have a long weekend ahead and that a new month is about to start. I think I can thank Mercury being in retrograde this month for all the craziness. haha!
But with all of the chaos, it made me realize that in my journey of Growing Organically, I also need to focus on taking care of my mind and spirit.
Our minds are in control of a lot more than we think. (Did you know that your thoughts can even affect your health? It has been proven!) If we believe, fixate and focus on things that are negative or positive, majority of the time, those beliefs end up becoming our realities. Like the saying goes, “If you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
I decided that since I’m trying to replace and wipe out the not-so-good options in my life (like removing harmful chemicals, eating healthier, etc.), I also need to take the same approach and remove the not-so-positive thoughts in my mind. We all have those moments when we think, “I can’t do this“, “I give up“, “this will never happen“, “I’m not good enough“, “I quit“, and they can truly determine the results of our day and our destinies. We all know deep down that these thoughts are not true, but in the middle of a bad day or a bad week (or month), your mind can beat you down or help build you up because you start to believe your thoughts. That’s how powerful the mind is. This is why I have decided to try something new; something that has been proven to help with all of these things. And that is meditation.
Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. It’s a practice that encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. Who doesn’t want that?! And when your little one is screaming “MOMMY!” for the millionth time in a row, having a moment of mindfulness can do wonders. But why is meditation so helpful? Research on mindfulness suggests that meditation sharpens many skills and has multiple benefits. (There are actually over 3,000 scientific studies on the benefits of meditation!) These are some of the reasons (including their research) why I am now taking the time out of my day to meditate and you should too!
- has been proven to help you focus and improve your memory.
- Lord knows that I need help with my memory. Lately I have been so forgetful.
- boosts emotional intelligence.
- enhances creativity.
- Don’t you always come up with greatest ideas when you are in the shower or some place where you are relaxed? This is not by accident.
- encourages divergent thinking i.e., coming up with the greatest number of possible solutions to a problem.
- can help decrease stress, anxiety and depression.
- This includes mothers and mothers-to-be.
- helps boost your mood.
- increase your sense of connection to others.
- makes you a kinder and more compassionate person, which ultimately improves your relationships.
- improves information processing and decision-making.
- makes you stronger against pain.
- Which is why I think mindfulness is so important for laboring women.
- helps manage ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
- I don’t have ADHD, but there are times when I think my brain is all over the place. This can be so helpful.
- improves your mood and psychological well-being.
- reduces risk of heart diseases and stroke.
- reduces blood pressure.
- decreases inflammatory disorders.
- helps prevent asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
- help treat premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms.
- reduces risk of Alzheimer’s and premature death.
- may make you live longer.
Literally the lists keeps going and going. With so many benefits and research to back it up, I don’t understand why more people aren’t taught how to meditate and why it’s not a part of everyone’s routine. I know now that it’s definitely something that I needed and wanted to add to my daily routine. The problem is, most people can’t simply start meditating without really learning how to do it. Myself included! So if you’re wondering how you can start meditating, here are some tips on how to meditate if you are now looking to add mindful meditation to your day.
Choose a peaceful environment.
You don’t want to be easily distracted so pick a spot in your home or somewhere else (outside is also nice) that can help you feel peace and calm.
Since you will be sitting still in one place for awhile, you want to stretch out your muscles and relieve any tension or tightness in your body that you may feel. This can help you prepare your body and mind for your mindful meditation.
Make sure you’re wearing something that is comfortable when you meditate. If you’re wearing tight or restricting clothing, that is not going to help you fully relax during your meditation. (Removing your shoes helps too.) It’s also important to sit in a comfortable position that also allows you to be balanced straight and tall.
You might say to yourself, “I can easily start off with 10 or 20-minutes of meditation.” You’ll soon realize how long even 5-mintues feels. It’s longer than you think when you’re remaining quiet and still. This is why I recommend starting slow (5-mintues) and building your time to 20-minutes.
Clear your mind.
By closing your eyes and only focusing on your breathe or an a mantra (whether that’s a word, phrase or sound), this will help you block out any external stimulation or distractions. I know that it can be difficult to completely clear your mind so by becoming aware of your normal breathing pattern and focusing on just being, it will help you get into your meditative space.
To make this a part of your everyday routine, you need to make an effort to practice meditation at the same time every day. I noticed that when I didn’t schedule a certain time of the day to meditate, it wouldn’t happen. I became “too busy”. I quickly discovered that once I did practice every morning before I started the day, it gave me the energy and inner peace to handle what the day threw at me.
The overall goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind, eventually reaching a higher level of awareness and inner calm. The more that we practice this, the better it is for our minds and bodies.