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Deep breaths…

I let my mind roll over the lift and fall

Inhale…Exhale

Over and Over…

I can feel the anxiety fall off my shoulders

This is Meditation in all its glory.

And it’s fantastic!

Flash back 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.

Here’s why.

 I wear many hats. I daresay we all do. And even with a great support system, you can experience a burnout. For me, I worry about it all and the end of the day, I can accomplish nothing. Yup, I can see some heads nod in the room.

 How did I find meditation? Story for another day…but like with all things, I started slow. I made it part of my morning routine to seat still and pay attention to my breathe and almost immediately, my anxiety levels fell away and I could think, analyze and identify. I was able to prioritize, identify, concentrate and finish tasks. Irrational became rational, worry became single mindedness and I could take a hold 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 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.

Wait! That’s it? It can’t be that simple…can it?

Well, I can almost say, yes… it is!

There are different techniques to achieving 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 midas dust with a great attitude, never hurt anyone, so here are some forms you could try… from me to you… with love:

1)     Concentration meditation.

Focusing on a single point. This could entail following one’s breathing, repeating a single word affirmation or watching a candle flame, listening to a repetitive sound.  Remember, the mind is a challenging maze. Start with a few minutes and then work up to longer durations.

2)     Mindfulness meditation.

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.

3)    Walking Meditation,

As the name implies, 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 school 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 for 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

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