Starting Out in the World of Meditation
By: Miriam N.
“If you are quiet enough, you will hear the flow of the universe. You will feel its rhythm. Go with this flow. Happiness lies ahead. Meditation is key.” Buddha
You are on the edge. You take sharp, painful breaths, feeling like the world is collapsing on you. It’s like time has a mind of its own, speeding up when something you love is happening, and slowing down when you can’t think straight. Everyone I know has these moments. We are humans. We have moments when we feel like we are near the end, only to rise higher than before. Personally, I suffer from anxiety. Some nights I can’t stop the negativity around me–so I meditate.
Meditation wasn’t something I always respected as I do now. I grew up with a lot of stereotypes about crystals and the Chakras. I had no one in my life who thought twice about these things. But then I tried breathing techniques, and this was the start of my self-awareness journey.
This is my call for anyone who is suffering from stress overload, anxiety, or depression. However, the benefits of meditation are not limited to alleviating the effects of mental disorders. Meditation is the key to sorting out your energy and helping you take control of your mind. A huge majority of people who practice meditation see a difference in their attitude: it can lead to a more positive outlook on life and improved self-image. While meditating won’t guarantee that anything in your life will change, this increased positivity may offer a different perspective on your actions and situations. Although I suggest that you meditate after a rough day or a fight, you can meditate whenever you need to recharge.
Thankfully, in today’s society, we are able to access so many resources to help us on our journey to enlightenment. For example, I use apps that send notifications, reminding me to take ten minutes for myself. These also offer sessions during which instructors vocally guide participants through vivid relaxation and therapy sessions. One such application, Headspace, has sleeping sounds, five-minute sessions, and a blog to help you get started. With this array of available resources, self-awareness is only a tap away. Even so, the apps and programs aren’t crucial. Simply taking a few minutes to breathe can be the perfect way to start out in the world of meditation.
I wish all the universe’s blessings to you. Remember, you have to love and take care of yourself before you can do so for anyone else.