Meditating regularly has really begun to impact my life. I know how that’s going to sound to most people – meditation….. riiiight (insert winky emoticon). Believe me, I was never one to even think of meditation, let alone practise it on the regular. I would get images of monks wearing burgundy robes, sitting cross legged, arms out to the side, palms up, pointer finger to thumb, humming – with their eyes closed. Definitely not something for me and who has time for that anyways? Well my now husband found time, and he was the first to introduce me to it. After he was inspired by an article to take a 30 day hiatus from all social media, he needed something else to occupy his time. The article mentioned meditation so he researched the perfect app to help him get started, and we’re so glad he did. Like I said before; and you will probably continue to hear me say, I was never a calm person, this new app my hubby found is actually called “Calm”. He tried it out and immediately came to me saying, “Babe this app was made for you!” After the first time I tried it I was hooked! After no time at all the free version of Calm was not enough, so I bit the $4.99 bullet and paid for the upgrade which gives you access to all different meditation programs.
Another major influence that grew my love for meditation came through my yoga instructor, Karey. Karey begins each class with an internal focus meditation focusing on breathing, which helps turn off the millions of thoughts running through my mind. She ends each class with positive affirmation meditations which send you home on a really high note. Most of what she speaks about during these meditation periods before and after our, “strength and length” yoga practise resonates with me in my day to day. It’s taught me patience, to think before reacting and how to let go of the little things that used to affect me so much I’d let them ruin my whole day.
So when I say that meditating is really impacting my life, I mean it’s changing my not so great a.k.a. bad attitude, my anxiety, my ability to process other peoples negative behaviors and my anger – which those who know me best refer to as my rage. I wish I could, but I know I cannot blame the rage on my Graves disease (which is known to cause states of “graves rage” for those who live with it). But add in the effects of Graves which include a hyper-active thyroid, a constant speedy heart rate, all of a sudden anxiety attacks, hot flashes, etc, to someone who already has anger issues, and those anger issues can get worse. I’m not saying I never get mad anymore, and that things don’t bother me, but I am able to take a deep breath a step back and look at the situation in a different way. Maybe not always right away, but the anger and periods of anxiety shorten and I’m able to gain new perspective once I take a breath and think about it.
Meditation is also teaching me how to shut off my mind. How to turn off the noise and just focus on being. Being calm and peaceful. It’s like I’m internalizing my mind, I’m in my own little bubble and reaching a different state of consciousness. For a few minutes, without having to actually go on a vacation, I feel hakuna-matata – just no worries. The affirmations from the app help me cultivate constructive thoughts that stay with me throughout the day, and more importantly come to me when I’m experiencing a difficult time, like in times of anxiety.
I would definitely recommend meditation to everyone. I am by no means a pro at it, I still need the guided help from my Calm app. And for anyone this post may have interested, I’ll briefly explain how the app works. (I wish I had shares in this app! I’ve already got 3 of my friends on it!) First off, the great thing about the app is like I mentioned before, the meditations are guided; meaning all you have to do to meditate, is listen the voice coming out of your phone. Also, there’s no need to feel pressure for making time to try it out. The app has two, five and ten minute options for each session. Two minutes is nothing in terms of finding the time, but those two minutes will make a positive difference in your day. Before you get started with your meditation, you select a background scene, mine is almost always set to a beach scene, the sound of waves crashing on the beach is my happy place. That’s really all the work you have to do before you begin, choose your happy place and then just lay or sit there and listen. If you really like it, then you’ll have one more step, choose your program. There are a wide range, from anxiety release, positivity, motivation, creativity, focus and so many more.
I truly believe if everyone made time to meditate regularly the world would be a happier place because people would be happier. Maybe I’m wrong and meditating isn’t for everyone, but I know 100% that it’s been amazing for me! If you are so inclined to try this app please leave a comment below after you have and let me know what you think!