After doing yoga for some years, I started to take interest in all the aspects that yoga involves - and that's when I discovered meditation. Now, I could lie and tell you that I meditate everyday for hours and that I sit completely still and that I master this art. But it's not the truth...
The truth is that I struggle a lot with my meditation. I try to practice meditation daily but it's not until recently that I truly accepted my own ways of doing meditation.
Before I get more into this, I wanna tell you some of the benefits of meditation because it's not just for old hippies and yogis. Meditation is for everyone. It can benefit your healthy by lowering your blood pressure and decrease your stress hormones. It can give you a much more focused mind and a calmer soul. In our age of social medias, electronics and generally a high level of activities it can be such a beneficial and amazing thing to give you mind a break.
So, I'm not the best at sitting still and my mind easily starts to wander. When I started to practice meditation I would end up frustrated and impatient. I felt like I couldn't do the most simple thing: nothing! But I stock to it and kept practicing. I will never be able to sit and meditate for hours and sometimes i might skip it if I feel like it.
But I have found that just 10 mins a day makes a huge difference to me. Sometimes I do it as I wake up, sitting in my bed, before I do anything else. Sometimes I do it before I go to bed, laying down, to get my body and mind ready for sleep. Sometimes I just do it in the most stressful moments when I feel lost of all control.
How I meditate
I turn my phone to flight mode, I set an alarm to 10 min, I find a spot to sit (preferably quiet), I close my eyes and I clear my head. I focus on nothing. Whenever a thought pops into my head, I immediately push it away again. Sometimes I use the app called "headspace" - it guides you through meditation and can be such a great help in the beginning of your practice.
For me, meditation gives me such an energy boost. It gives me clarity and calms my mind completely. I still practice to become better, to practice my patience and to practice the control of my mind. I have a long way to go - but I accept where I am in my journey of meditation.
The first pictures of the blog is how I wish I looked every time I meditated! The last picture is the reality. After 2 long flights and a stressful modelling job, I found a quiet corner of the airport, took my shoes of and meditated. It was all I needed.