Wow, what a month July has been. At the weekend we’ve had the first proper rain since May! The weather recently has been unlike any British summer I’ve ever known. It’s been holiday weather every day. Many have been complaining about the heat and I […]
For around three months now I have been meditating on a regular basis. It came recommended to me by my Occupational Therapist, and although a little sceptical, I’m pretty much up to give anything a try.
I decided to start when Noodle went back to school after the summer. The school run in the morning is always a big stress and exhausting, no matter how organised I try to be. Often fatigue would hit on the walk home and that was my day already set for a shaky start. So, I set my meditation time to just 10 minutes between the school run and rushing off to work.
The results were incredible. Meditating for 10 minutes was like a super-power nap. Just taking that short time to do nothing but concentrate on my breath was life-changing. It completely cancelled any fatigue I might have been feeling. This dramatically changed the way I started my days. I am now more focused and balanced.
After just a very short time I started to really look forward to my 10 minutes. It’s a little space of time just for me. The house is quiet, phones and TV are off. In the past, I would have taken the fatigue I gained on the school run to work with me. I might have it shaken off by lunchtime, it might have lasted all day. It made working difficult, like working with a toothache, I often struggled to focus or even care!
Meditation is not about sitting on the floor, legs folded, saying “ohmmmm”
Meditation is actually incredibly uncomplicated, just a simple focus on something natural, like your breath, or your body touching the seat etc. My OT recommended that I always sit in the same position, holding my hands in the same way, but how I would sit, was completely up to me. She advised that I should think of a seating position that I could adapt on a busy train, should I ever need or want to. And it works. When I sit down upright, place my right thumb into my left palm, I instantly feel calm. My body is learning to associate it with the meditation.
Another thing to note is that every day is a bit different. Some sessions are easier than others. Some mornings my mind wanders a lot, other days my focus comes more natural. All of this is completely normal and part of the journey.
Now I’ve been meditating for a while, I will look at guided meditations for different purposes. I use the Headspace app and the paid option offers a lot of different meditation subjects including Self Confidence, Relationships, Anxiety etc. There is even a section for children. The first 10 sessions are free on Headspace, so you can try it out yourself. Over this short time, I have become a firm advocate of meditation and should probably get shares in the app as I’m recommending it so much to my friends. I should add, I have not been sponsored to write this post in any way.