Exactly 384 days ago I made the commitment to begin a daily meditation practice.
Technically, I've been meditating since I first discovered it through my Health Coaching studies back 2013, but my practice was sporadic at best. I knew that I always felt good when I did it, but I never managed to see the full benefits of it because I wasn’t showing up for it consistently.
At the beginning of last year I read the Miracle Morning and became hugely fascinated by the power of a morning routine. I made the decision to create my own morning ritual and committed to a daily routine which included meditating first thing when I woke up.
Now, reflecting on the past year which has been huge, both personally and professionally - with major life changes including moving countries + getting married - and a load of uncertainty as I left behind the familiar to start a new life in San Francisco, I can truly say I am the happiest, confident and most at peace with myself than I’ve ever been in my life.
So I thought I would share with you what I have learned and discovered through my daily practice and why, now it is such an essential part of my day that I could not imagine life without.
clarity on goals + intentions.
When you’re more focused, it becomes naturally more clear what your priorities and intentions are. You suddenly don’t have time for things that are draining your energy and are mindful of how you are spending your time.
Though clarity on my goals and intentions I have been able to manifest incredible things - marrying the love of my life; moving overseas; finding our dream apartment (in a super cool neighborhood!) as well as landing a dream job with an amazing start-up!
Less anxious + worry.
I’ve always been a worrier and have let stress + anxiety rule my life. I used to constantly worry about future events that hadn't even happened and assuming the worst.
Meditation has helped me become much more focused on the present - being here right now and releasing my control over what happens in the future.
The reality is that we only have this moment to define our future and choosing to be in it now, rather than worrying about things that haven’t even happened is far more productive.
Anxiety and stress used to be such a big part of my life that it impacted my sleep and I regularly had nights where I struggled to get to sleep, sometimes not even being able to sleep at all.
My worried and anxious mind kept me awake and these bouts of insomnia left me feeling exhausted. I was tired and irritable all the time with the smallest things setting me off. It was not fun at all. I’d heard many times how meditation can help with sleep - I now know this to be true.
Meditation trains your mind to focus on your breath; breathing in and out - instead of focusing on your incessant stream of thoughts.
Through consistent practice and training my ‘monkey' mind, I am now able to switch-off and I’m sleeping better than I have in years. Seriously, this has been life-changing!
Dealing with changes + uncertainty.
If I’m being completely honest, I’d say that a lot of my stress and anxiety comes from wanting control of the outcome of whatever the circumstance is. I’m very much a type-A, born organizer and I find it hard to completely surrender and trust in the unknown.
This year especially - with moving overseas, waiting for visas to come through, not knowing where we were going to live, finding work in a new city and having our whole life packed up in 2 suitcases for 6 months - was super stressful to say the least.
But my practice kept me grounded. Forcing me to surrender and trust in the knowledge that everything in life is in constant motion and always changing. Nothing is permanent, including the wave of emotions rushing through you.
That’s the thing - nothing is ever guaranteed and you need to surrender, otherwise you just end up spending all of your energy on things that you have zero control over when you could be spending it on everything you do have control over.
Calmer, happier + at peace.
I’m an introvert (INFJ) and spend a lot of time alone in my own thoughts - I’m very much driven by my emotions and I feel a whole lot. Which basically means I over think + overanalyze - a lot.
Mediation has helped me get out of my own head and recognize that thoughts are just thoughts - and that you can choose whether to give power to them, or not.
I’ve spoken numerous times about how meditation has helped improve my focus and I honestly believe it to be the best tool I’ve found to help me stay productive and focused on what is most important.
Distractions, especially digital one (um, hello social media!) can take us away from our priorities.
Bringing a more mindful approach to how I work - less multi-tasking, more focus on only a few things - has made me far more productive and enjoy my work a lot more!
I’ve become a huge advocate of meditation and believe it is the best (and most accessible) tool for anyone who wants to live an amazing + abundant life, through being able to master your mind.
Do you meditate? How have you seen it help you? If you haven't tried it before - would you consider giving it a go?
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