“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lena Horne
Imagine going to the grocery store for your weekly supply. Do you walk straight into the store and grab things? No, you first grab a cart to make the groceries easier to carry. Then, after you have the cart, you proceed to load it with all of the heavy things you need for the week. When you’re finished, you go to the check out, and the cashier starts to bag all of your items up — making them a little bit easier to carry. You walk out of the store with a cart full of bagged groceries. Do you grab all of the bags out of the cart and decide to walk home? No, you place them in your trunk or the taxi’s trunk. When you get home, you try to grab all of the bags at one time, and you struggle immensely. Do you grab all the bags at once, with the risk of them falling everywhere? No, you call someone to help you carry those bags into the house. Once you’re in the house, you unpack your groceries and you disperse of the bags. This is life. In order to move freely, ask for help if needed and let the bags go.
- Find a comfortable position to align your body. It doesn’t matter if you sit or lie down, but you should make sure you’re able to breath comfortably.
- Relax! Don’t be physically stiff or mentally uptight. Free your mind and your body.
- Close your eyes and focus your mind on your breathing.
- Once you are confronted with a thought (negative or positive), acknowledge it and then refocus your attention back to your breathing.
- Release. Release any negativity or doubtful thoughts about yourself. When meditating, don’t focus on if you’re “doing it right”. JUST DO!
- Try a guided meditation. If you have trouble stopping the thoughts in your head, you can easily replace them with someone else’s. A guided meditation is led by another person; their purpose is to guide you to peace and serenity.
Benefits: Meditation is the process of being fully present and aware of yourself. You get to hear your inner thoughts in your mind’s calmest state, and should a negative thought appear, you are enabled with the ability to immediately release it.
Music: I recommend meditation music to increase productivity while doing any type of creative activity or insightful work. Confusingly, meditation music has also been a helpful too for stimulating sleepiness. This the beautiful thing about music, it has the power to match the energy you need.
Honorably Mentioned Apps: Insight Timer (the one I use), Calm, 10% Happier, and Meditation Studio.