How many of you meditate?
What’s your approach?
Do you use an app?
Do you go to a meditation group?
Do you like guided meditation?
TM — Transcendental Meditation?
I’ve explored meditation here and there throughout my adult life but rarely with much consistency.
I did a few of those free 30-day meditations with Oprah and Deepak Chopra, and they were okay, and I’ve even taken classes and attended group meditation groups sporadically.
I just have a hard time continuing it, and I think it’s because I’ve never seen much of a benefit.
Maybe that’s the problem. Even though I try not to be, it seems I’m too tied to results.
And that could be because most lovers of meditation sing such praises.
I DO believe in the power of the breath and have become quite proficient at using mine to calm myself or even to increase energy mid-day.
I’ve done yoga for years — and here is maybe my issue. Yoga feels meditative. I’ve done many different kinds of yoga. Some that’s very intense and more oriented for exercise and getting in shape. But I’ve also practiced types of yoga more geared towards inner peace — and honestly that’s more what I go for these days.
I credit yoga with numerous benefits and positive changes in my life. I feel better in every area of my life when I practice yoga daily.
I started meditating today and simply sat on the floor and breathed in and out for twenty minutes. I think the reason I prefer yoga over meditation is because I have a hard time sitting still — like in order to get the calm mind benefits, I have to move my body or something. I am clinically hyperactive.
I’m just gonna go for it and not be particular about how I meditate this time. I’m striving for twenty minutes morning and evening — those are my only guidelines. I’ll keep you posted.
I’ve been watching this Chase Jarvis series on CreativeLive called 30 Days of Genius. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend it. The videos are on YouTube and free for now. He interviews a variety of entrepreneurs, creatives, and “thought leaders.”
Chase asks all kinds of questions, but more than anything he tries to probe into some of their daily habits. Rather than focusing on their successes, he strives to get to know them and showcase the way they exist in the world to inspire viewers.
If you’ve read this blog much, you know that I often write about finding my groove and figuring out what makes me function most optimally. It’s an ongoing thing for sure. I haven’t necessarily written solely about my habits, but I touch on sleep and wake-up times and exercise — particularly mind/body stuff. I’m constantly experimenting with what works best for me, and I’m always curious about what works for others, too. I have found that being flexible with my routine while making sure I have one works well.
But throughout these Chase Jarvis interviews, I hear “meditation” over and over and over.
So…once again, I’ve been inspired to try it. I’m striving for thirty days. My kids had their last day of school and are out until mid-August, so it’s time to re-vamp our routine. I have to make sure we have one that’s enough but not too rigid. I thought now would be a good time to throw in some meditation. I certainly need all the help I can get staying chilled out with my wild boys around all summer — and of course I mean that in the most loving way…
I would love to hear from any of you regular or sporadic meditators. What do you love? How do you approach it? Any tips you’d like to share?