Not too much to update on since the last blog, but I’ve had some enlightening moments and realizations. I do believe the regular meditation is allowing me to be more of a channel for such moments. I liken them to intuition, which I also consider to be a gift from a higher level of existence, or God. Continue reading
Today marked the midpoint of my meditation challenge, while yesterday marked the first time I used my newly sewn meditation rug. Continue reading
During my meditation tonight, I received confirmation of one of the great effects of meditation: learning how to stay present. Continue reading
3 days into it, and I can feel a noticeable difference in my mind and body. I don’t know if it’s typical or not, but I’m pretty glad for it. Continue reading
Meditation has proven to be very useful tool for me, although I wasn’t always aware of its power. When I was a teenager, I started practicing it as part of a yoga book I’d been given. The book, “Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan,” was my first experience with yoga and actually a book my mother had used herself when she was a teen. In the program outlined by the book, there was a form of meditation that involved staring at a lit candle. Back then, I didn’t embrace formal meditation as much as I did yoga, but the practice seemed to accompany the yoga nicely.
Roughly two years ago, I truly learned what a great resource meditation could be for myself. While at work, I’d experienced a panic attack, unbeknownst to me at the time. I’ve always been fairly healthy and hadn’t been stressed at the time of the symptoms and panic attack, so I couldn’t understand it.
I did some reading on anxiety and panic attacks and learned they can occur without a real stressor. This was somewhat comforting, but I still didn’t like how I felt physically. I also internalized the anxiety and felt crazy. After weighing things, I decided to start taking daily medication.
Because I didn’t want to solely rely on pharmaceuticals, I also looked into what I could do without medication for assistance. One thing I found is that exercise helps immensely and is a great form of relief when I’m feeling stressed. In my search, I also came across a website that described facing anxiety with a mindfulness approach, which led me to the subject of mindfulness meditation. Continue reading