I have heard a lot about meditating. I’ve seen it in so many blogs, heard from it from friends, and learned about it in my online course so I decided to give it a shot.
I have been meditating for 3 weeks now. I didn’t quite understand it at first and I had no idea of what I was doing. Do I even need to sit on the on the floor and keep saying “umm”? like.. what is that about?
Admittedly, it was boring at first but as I really tried to put my mind into it, I came to find it as something more than just a relaxing activity.
You see, I’ve always been the type of person to over-think things. It’s either I look way too far in the future and see all negative possible outcomes, or I look back on the past and think about how things could’ve been different. There’s no in between.
I’ve never really paid attention to this mental of habit before. I just let my mind go through things with no restraint. Apparently, this phenomenon is called “mind-wandering“.
When I finally put a name on it and became aware of the situation, I thought that there must be something that I could do about this.
So here I am now. I think I’m starting to understand what meditation is about.
When I started meditating, it was an uncomfortable feeling because I’ve never been alone with myself and my thoughts in that way before.
It’s easy to be alone with yourself in a negative environment because being sad, angry or scared (for me at least) are the kind of emotions that makes you fixated on your negative thoughts.
But when you’re meditating, you get to pay attention to such thoughts in a positive and safe environment where you can assess them thoroughly.
You get to seek answers within yourself. You will understand why and how you react to such things and reflect on what you could do better without any ill feelings.
Whenever your mind starts to drift back to the future or to the past, you can train your mind to stay in the present.
You can do this by being aware of your breath, the way it flows in and out of your lungs, the way the air from your fan feels against your skin, or the way the birds chirp by your window. Focusing on your environment can increase your concentration.
And once you do, you’ll realize that you’re not in that painful or embarrassing experience you’ve went through before, or the scary possibility in the future.
The beautiful thing about meditation is the realization that the present will never hurt you. You may be going through a lot of things but none of that matters because in that exact moment, you’re sitting in a place where you are calm, safe and present.
You’ll learn to pull yourself back to the here and now. It’s like mentally pushing the reset button that actually makes a world of a difference.
Recently, I witnessed which I think was a small fruit from my 3 weeks long meditation. For the first time, I subconsciously considered a positive outcome while thinking about a certain situation.
Normally, I would brush it off and think none of it again. But this time, a possibility of achieving it actually crossed my mind. I think that alone was a huge step for me. I can’t wait to see what more is in store for me.
Anyway, the point is, I urge you all to give meditation a try! It might surprise you like it did to me.
Hi, Reader! Thank you for reading! What do you think about meditation? Have you gave it a try? What did you think about it? Let me know!
Also, I kind of experimented in this article. I tried to lessen the sentences in one paragraph (in case you guys didn’t notice). Did it make reading easier for you? or was it totally unnecessary? Hahaha! I hope I can get a feedback from you. Thanks again!