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I’ve Meditated Every Day For a Month, and You Can Too

By June 10, 2017Live, Think

It’s actually been more than a month. 

But it wasn’t always easy. And it wasn’t always what you’d think of as “meditation“. When I first started, my mind was RACING about 2000 mph with no hopes of slowing down. My thoughts used to go from 0 to 100 real quick. 

But now? Now, after some practice, I can sit in silence and just appreciate it. I can surrender to my experience in the moment without any judgement or expectations. Rather than worry about what might go wrong or what isn’t perfect, I accept the moment for what it is without labeling it as good or bad. Because at its core, every moment just is.

Why should you care about meditating?

Okay, okay, let me back it up a little bit. Mindfulness and meditation are making a big break in society these days, and for good reason. Basically, it’s the practice of being present in the moment, wherever you are. That probably sounds terrifying, right?

I used to think so too. I used to fear reality more than I fear frogs (and believe me, I’m really afraid of frogs) because that would mean I’d be forced to see things for what they were. My worries, my insecurities, my doubts, my stresses, they’d all be revealed to me and I couldn’t deny them. 

I’d see all those things in their true form.

Well, once I did, guess what that true form really was? Nothing. Nada. They were a figment of my imagination. I had fabricated all those doubts and insecurities myself. As soon as one uncontrollable negative thought would come to mind, it would snowball and build itself up so big it could eventually control me.

The worst part? This is how most people live every single day. And let me tell ya, it’s straight up exhausting

I've Meditated Every Day for a Month, and You Can Too

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Well, how else am I supposed to live? I have this and this and this and this to worry about, my problems exist.” And maybe you’re right! But all I’m saying is that in this moment, right now, does it matter what happened at work earlier that day? Does it matter that you said one little thing you thought was wrong? Think about it. No. The answer is no. 

How to get started with your own practice

It seems too simple, right? Clear your mind, focus on the now, and you’ll be happy. It may sound easy, but the execution takes diligent practice, consistency, and hard work. I promise you, though, that it’s worth it.

You deserve to live with ease and to have the ability to enjoy your experiences without getting lost inside your head.

The key to waking up to your mind’s habits is to simply observe them. Become a silent watcher of your own mind, and you’ll be freaking amazed at how ridiculous some of the thoughts that cross your mind really are. Don’t judge them, don’t judge yourself for thinking them. Just acknowledge them, let them be, and then let them go. This is the essence of meditation, and it’s possible for everyone.

As a beginner meditator, I would suggest using guided meditations (I usually just search for one on Youtube). It gives you structure, commits you to a certain amount of time, and essentially keeps you in the moment by constantly reminding you to come back to the present. A few of my favorites are this one for manifestation, this one for chakra clearing, and this super short one to open your heart and awareness.

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I can’t tell you exactly how to begin meditating. I can only tell you that you 100% should do it. There is no right or wrong way to sit with yourself or become more present; meditation is extremely subjective. Each person will respond differently to different methods.

Explore some options, such as:

  • Mindfulness,
  • Visualization,
  • Breathing techniques,
  • Or even physical meditations such as yoga (especially kundalini yoga, if you’re down to be open-minded). 

So, you might be overwhelmed with all the options out there. Rather than see that as an obstacle, see it as an opportunity.

Try sitting in silence and watching your thoughts for just one minute at first. You’ll find that you can do anything for just one minute, and you’ll probably go over your time limit (that’s good news).

Continue this practice, bumping it up to two minutes when you’re comfortable and progressing from there. Things feel easier when they’re broken up into tiny chunks and eventually, you’ll be able to sit for 15-20 minutes without fidgeting or reaching for your phone.

Just take the first step and meet yourself where you are at that very moment. Whether you’re a student, full-time employee, parent, or simply a human being, you need meditation. Trust me, it will change your life, like it changed mine, and slow it down for the better. Things will look richer, feel easier, and simply be more enjoyable. Stop making life into an emergency and start living it fully. Just do it.

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Author Hannah Chapman

Hannah is a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University studying Health Science and English with hopes to become your go-to trainer, dietitian, and wellness expert! When she's not planning her next four meals you can find her at a music festival, a yoga class, or the cutest coffee shop in proximity.

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