New habit; Meditation

A meditation was something I’ve been curious about ever since I’d read and heard about how good it is to our mind and body. Yet I had no clue how and what I was supposed to do.
It seems pretty simple. I’ve seen people meditating on TV and movies. Sitting still on the floor, closing their eyes, and being a state of zen. Nothing complicated, right?
But still, I thought it must be hard if you want to do it right.

When I went through self-helping and self-improvement kind of books or/and YouTube channels, I couldn’t help but noticing how many of them recommended a meditation.
Some even said it was a life changing experience. I imagined that meditation would have only benefits, but life changing? It made me curious. Especially because I was having a lot of stress at work when I heard that, so I wanted to try anything if it might help even for a tiny bit.
I decided to introduce a meditation into my life and to see where it would take me.

It’s been about a month since I started this new habit.
Did it change my life already? I’m afraid it didn’t. At least, not yet.
However, I can assure you that doing meditation is indeed one of the best habits you could have.

Here are my reasons why. (They are my opinions based on my own experiences.)
1, It’s very calming.
2, It clears my mind.
3, It makes me feel better.

Yes, I know. Those reasons are kind of boring. But hear me out.
Feeling more relaxed was exactly what I wanted and needed. That was the biggest motivation of trying to meditate.
I felt really good during and after the meditation. I didn’t expect that simply by focusing on breathing deeply would make me feel that way.
In our daily lives, most of us don’t pay much attention to our breathing at all. Especially when we feel stressed or just being busy, our breath tend to be very shallow.
You might have experienced a moment like “forgetting” to breathe.
So, making time to just breathe deeply and slowly is great for body and mind.

My daily meditation is usually before my bed time. How long I meditate is up to my mood and my condition, but it’s often around 5 minutes. If I feel like going for a longer session, I’d sit for 10 to 30 minutes.
If I have enough time in the morning like on my day off or weekend, I mediate in the morning, too. Only if I feel like it though. I guess I prefer evening meditation.
I do know that the morning meditation has different kind of benefits than the evening one and it is very important to start off a day. I need to make it a habit, too.

I don’t know if my way is “correct’, but it works for me and I believe that’s important.
I sit on a yoga mat, set an alarm, close my eyes, and start breathing slowly and deeply. Focus on my lungs and feel their movements.
What I think about and how I feel during a session is different every time. Some days, my mind stays clear. Nothing but just breathing. Sometimes I get ideas, feelings of gratitude, or random thoughts. Even if I notice not so pleasant feelings inside me, I try not to  push them away. I tend to go with the flow and see what happens.

I hope that I’d be able to report a life changing experience someday. In the near future would be nice.
By then, I’d keep up with my daily meditation. 🙂

See you soon!

Love,
Ayako

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