I hate to say it, but summer is coming to an end so life is about to get super busy for most of us. School & work minus the vacations and beach days and relaxing makes for high stress and a lot of responsibility.
NO THANK YOU.
And I’m not the type of person who can focus on more than one thing at a time (I swear, I have the attention span of a goldfish) so actually sitting down and getting to work can be pretty difficult, especially when I have a lot on my plate.
I promise I’m not about to be some holistic guru who tells you meditation solves all the worlds problems, so bare with me!
Since I started doing biweekly yoga, quieting my mind has been a main goal for me. With so much going on, my brain never really turns off so taking AT LEAST 30 minutes to an hour to go kinda brain dead has become a necessity.
But I decided to take it a step further & and add a daily meditation practice on top of it.
As people, we all want to connect to something, whether it be people, ourselves, nature & the world around us, or a higher power of some sort.
We need to feel connected.
So for me, meditation is a way for me to connect with myself and my thoughts, feelings, and goals. But it also helps me practice staying in the moment without future tripping too much.
UGH. Future tripping.
And with so much going on already, it’s so easy to do.
When this project is done, I’ll get this. When I finish this semester, I’ll get that. I can’t wait to be done with this week so I can take a break.
You get it.
I seriously OBESSES over what’s coming next and what my next move will be.
That definitely makes it hard to FOCUS, don’t you think?!
So meditation has been a great way for me to practice staying focused. I set a timer for 15 minutes every morning (and sometimes 15 minutes at night) and I sit on my couch and meditate. When I have the time, I like to meditate on the beach before I do my beach workouts. I just bring a towel, find a quiet spot, set a timer, and go!
Just for 15 minutes, that’s it!
Sometimes my mind totally wanders to random things like what I’m going to eat for breakfast or my to-do list. And when that happens, I just recognize it and get my mind back to focusing on the present moment.
You won’t be perfect at it, and that’s okay. It makes us HUMAN.
I’ve noticed huge changes in my focus since I’ve added meditation to my self care!
It totally makes it easier for me to put all my attention to one task or responsibility. I’ve noticed this especially in my workouts. I’m that type of person who checks her phone between sets, scrolls through Instagram during my cardio, and likes to start up a conversation with every familiar face that walks into the gym. So now I find myself getting into the gym and getting my workout done without giving in to every single distraction.
On top of that, my overall mindset throughout my day has been more pleasant. I’m not riddled with anxiety as much as I normally am. I find myself staying pretty level headed and trying to problem solve rather than freak out of any issues.
This really helps with the whole future tripping thing, too.
Who else loves meditation? How has it helped you in your life?
Let me know, babes!
P.S. Make sure you’re following me on Snapchat (UN: Kennedy_Meek). I’m going to start posting workouts & recipes exclusive to my Snapchat! You won’t want to miss them.
Well, that’s all for now.