This is Meditation in all its glory.
And it’s fantastic!!
Throw back to 2016, we held the 1st ever Pop Up Spa in Nigeria. I had only been meditating for a few months, 8 to be exact but I was super excited to share my experience.
I wear many hats. I daresay we all do. And even with a great support system, you can experience burnout. You might identify a burnout as experiencing difficulty sleeping, feeling extremely tired and drained of energy, finding it hard to concentrate and feeling numb to the people around you. I was experiencing a burnout and I had to make immediate changes.
If you recognize any of these changes in yourself, what can you do about it?
You should Meditate
I started to practice meditation, as part of my morning routine; wake, devotion, long hot shower, meditate, breakfast which is a cup of tea for breakfast and no technology 8 a.m and almost immediately, I was feeling calmer and I could think, analyse and rationalize. I was able to prioritize, identify, concentrate to finish my tasks. Irrational became rational, worry became single mindedness and I could take charge of my day.
I suddenly had the Midas touch. Everything I touched was turning to gold!
I was not just working more effectively, I felt better and treated others the same. I had become a completely different person.
Sounds like magic? No its practice. Newsflash! Your mind needs exercise just like your body.
Mediation is it.
So, what is Meditation? Simply, it’s training your mind to slow down and take notice.
There are different techniques to achieve this ‘mind deliberation’. All you need to do is find the one that best works for your personality and lifestyle.
Interested? But of course you are, who wouldn’t be? A little sprinkle of gold dust, never hurt anyone, so here are some different forms you could try … from me to you… Enjoy.
Focusing on a single point. This could entail following one’s breathing, repeating a single word or mantra or watching a candle flame, listening to a repetitive gong, or counting beads on a mala*. Remember, the mind is a challenging maze. Start with a few minutes and then work up to longer durations.
* a mala also known as a prayer bead
Focusing on your thoughts as they drift through your mind. The attention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note that arises. Through mindfulness meditation, you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns. Over time, you can become more aware of tendencies to quickly judge an experience as good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. With practice, an inner balance will develop.
As the name implies, the focus is on your foot contact with the ground on every step. There is no arriving or going anywhere, your task is to pay attention to walking, an otherwise mindless task that you perform every day.
In some schools of meditation, students practice a combination of concentration and mindfulness. Many disciplines call for stillness- to a greater or lesser degree depending on the teacher. Whichever form of meditation you choose, you will reap the benefits from practice, as with all things.
Anyone can meditate. You can meditate on your seven-year old couch; in bed alone or next to your snoring partner; in the passenger seat of a car; at work (yes please!); at the kitchen table; in the backseat during a road trip; in a bus or on a plane seat…whenever and wherever as it should be.
Don’t wait for that beautiful sparse furniture room or the top of some cliff before you feel you can meditate. Meditation is not tied to your environment and why should it be? It’s the state of mind in your NOW.
‘It feels just as delicious to drop into a meditation when you are feeling blissed out on a pillow with soft lighting, as it does sitting at your desk at 2pm right as your morning coffee wears off”- Emily Fletcher
Today in 2019, my 2-3 minutes daily is now a mature 25 minutes. I have experimented with different types of meditation practices and have become partial to mindfulness meditation and walking meditation.
If you visited our offline experience center during Social Media Week 2019 , we had five days of all the various types of meditation on the schedule. Watch out for Offline Studion Social Media Week 2020.
So if you have never heard about meditation, and you want the Midas touch, reduce your stress levels, improve your mood, become more kind and compassionate, and enjoy and all round better you, I hope the above helps.
You can also download our FREE e-book on Meditation Poses and Apps to guide you through.