Life tip #25: Meditate


I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend that has led into a happy Monday. I’ve written about meditation a couple times before when I first got serious about meditating, but today I realized that “meditate” needed to be a life tip, not just me writing about my experience with it. I want you to get on board, too, if you haven’t yet!

I know meditation isn’t as widely accepted as most of my other life tips, but I definitely think it needs to be. I started meditating a few weeks ago and those days were so much better than those which I didn’t. Those few minutes of peace really do transcend into the rest of the day. The days I meditate, I’m much more calm, happy, and positive.

On my birthday I was either busy or not at home and, unfortunately, didn’t make time to meditate and because of that, my entire schedule got thrown off and I haven’t meditate since… until today. I hope to make this a daily ritual and have written up a schedule which I’ve taped to the wall to make sure I stay on track.

If you’re curious about how to meditate and have read my previous posts, this article may be helpful as well. That’s how I sit when I meditate, too! Hopefully I’ll get back to writing my meditation updates every once in a while so that you’ll be able to fill me in on your progress as I fill you in on mine. I urge you to give it a try a few times, but I warn you that it may take more effort (to sit still with no distractions) than you think.

P.S. I hope you can tell the image is supposed to be of closed, meditating eyelids. If not, now you know! Please ask any questions you may have about meditation in the comments below and I’ll answer as best as I can.

Comments

Brandi {not your average ordinary}
9 August 2011 - 02:33

Every time I make a “resolutions” or “new habits” list, meditate is always on it. But I always have trouble with it. I just haven’t figure out how to do it the right way for me (if I close my eyes, I fall asleep). Your post has renewed my resolve to try again.

Eva
9 August 2011 - 15:36

Brandi – The only thing I can suggest is that you try to meditate as far away from sleep as possible. I usually do it around the afternoon or so when I’m wide awake.

Greenderella
10 August 2011 - 09:55

I’ve been trying to get into the habit of meditating for a while now (on and off). For for some reason I find it very hard to stick to it eventhough I really feel that it helps to have that inner calmness. I hope I will be able to do it more regulary. Have you tried to meditate while listening to tibetian singing bowls? That’s one of my favorites for meditation…. Greetings! :)

Eva
11 August 2011 - 22:35

Greenderella – I had the same problem, but now that I think I have to do it, I remember to and have made time every single day since. Of all the places I’ve tried to meditate, I pretty much can only do it when outside so I’ve not tried listening to music yet, but I will have to remember to try Tibetian singing bowls – thank you!

Danni
14 August 2011 - 18:33

Great tip on meditation! It’s a great way to relax and relieve stress but don’t forget to also to reflect! Reflect on your past, so you can make changes to serve for the future :P

Misty :)
15 August 2011 - 16:19

Gahh! I need to start doing this! I have been meaning to try so many new things lately and I haven’t! I think this is going to be something I will try and do every morning when I wake up and then exercise when I am done meditating! I think that may work? Who knows, I will definitely try it tomorrow!!

So, is that all you have to do (for beginners) is to try and concentrate on your breathing and nothing else while you meditate? Is that what you do? I think I may go google this and read up on it before I try it tomorrow!! I’ll definitely let you know how it goes when we talk again :)

Eva
16 August 2011 - 17:10

Danni – Thank you for your comment! I agree that it’s important to reflect on your past, but I wouldn’t do it too often while meditating. When I meditate, I try to stay within the moment as much as possible. I think too much during the rest of the day as-is, ha!

Misty – Were you able to try meditating today? There are many different ways of meditating. I’ve tried focusing on my breathing, but that didn’t work for me. I’ve written in my previous posts about what I do in my meditating if that would help. Try different techniques until you find something you’re comfortable with that helps you.

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