Curious About Meditation? Here’s how it Changed my Life

I know what you are thinking, “meditation, really?” Well I’m here to tell you, meditation has made a huge impact on my life. I was like many who thought, “meditation is so silly” or “meditation is for hippies” but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Meditation has helped me through grief, advance in my career at Amazon and even helped me find joy during challenging times. Now I am not an expert and I don’t pretend to be, but I think if you give meditation a chance you will find the benefits as well. 

It took me years to listen to the suggestions from my coaches, Liz and Heather to try meditation. They repeatedly shared the benefits with me but yet I still pushed back. Then after a difficult conversation that caused me to meet a crossroads, I finally listened and decided to give it a try.

First, let’s start with the benefits:

  • New perspective on stressful situations 
  • Building skills to manage stress
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increase patience and tolerance

This is just to name a few. There are so many more benefits meditation can offer.

Now let me share my journey to be a meditation practitioner. It began during a difficult time for me. As I mentioned, I was facing a crossroads and struggling to manage this stressful situation. I was irritable, losing my patience and temper was on a hair trigger. I couldn’t find the joy or the positives like I used to. I didn’t feel like me. It was at this time I finally listened to the advice and turn to meditation. 

It took me years to listen to the suggestions from my coaches, Liz and Heather to try meditation. They repeatedly shared the benefits with me but yet I still pushed back. Then after a difficult conversation that caused me to meet a crossroads, I finally listened and decided to give it a try.

First, let’s start with the benefits:

  • New perspective on stressful situations 
  • Building skills to manage stress
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increase patience and tolerance

This is just to name a few. There are so many more benefits meditation can offer.

Now let me share my journey to be a meditation practitioner. It began during a difficult time for me. As I mentioned, I was facing a crossroads and struggling to manage this stressful situation. I was irritable, losing my patience and temper was on a hair trigger. I couldn’t find the joy or the positives like I used to. I didn’t feel like me. It was at this time I finally listened to the advice and turn to meditation. 

But, where to begin?

I started with a free YouTube video that gave instructions on how to meditate. It took me a bit to get into it, then I traveled to Miraval (also known to me as Heaven on Earth). It was there where I really got into my meditation practice. The teacher taught me how to focus and close out the “noise” that fills our brain. I think this was the most impactful guidance I have learned through my meditation practice because now I am an attentive and focused listener in meetings and conversations. I am also a more attentive reader and worker. It is so amazing how we allow all the brain clutter to distract us which then causes us to go into unnecessary stress. Meditation eases this. 

Ok, I know… Still don’t get it? Why don’t you give it a try (read the steps below then do it yourself)…

  1. Take a Deep Breath
  2. Close your eyes
  3. Take another deep breath but this time count to 4
  4. Hold for another count of 4
  5. Exhale for a count of 4
  6. Hold empty for a count of 4
  7. Repeat steps 3 – 6, 8 times

Now, ask yourself… Did your mind wander? If it did, why? It’s ok, start again. Were you able to regain your focus on your breathing? Finally, how do you feel? Relaxed? 

Over time if you continue to meditate and develop a practice of meditation in your day to day you will find yourself shifting. For example, in a meeting when you start sensing your mind wander, take a deep breath and pull your focus back to the meeting like you did focusing on counting to 4. Did that help?

I’m telling you meditation works. Now, I’m nowhere near perfect at it and I don’t always do it when I should but that is why they call it practice.

Until next time, have a joy filled day.

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