I remember one day I was at my grandma’s house in Park Ridge, Illinois (Park Ridge is right next to O’Hare airport) I was sitting outside in the front lawn watching the plane’s fly over my head, as usual thing my cousins and I did at her house. I got really hungry so decided to go back in the house and ask my grandma if we were ready to leave for our lunch outing. My little pee wee brain at the time thought she was ignoring me, but it turns out she was meditating. Literally, had no idea what meditating was at the time and just shrugged it off and thought my Grandma had lost her GD mind. It’s funny that I thought that then because now I know she was trying to do the complete opposite!
This puzzled my 12-year-old self. I didn’t get it and didn’t care at the time – I also didn’t believe that she couldn’t “hear me” when I asked her a question. Fast forward years later and now I totally get why she was mediating that day. One, I was probably super annoying and she wanted to block that out like, whoa. Two, life is so stressful sometimes and you just need to give yourself a break and be able to clear your mind. LORD knows that we all need that sometimes. Looking back on this event, I can’t believe my Grandma was in such a deep meditation that she literally couldn’t even hear me. After asking my mom about it, she said as long as she can remember my grandma would meditate. For those who don’t know, meditation takes practice. You can’t just wake up one day and say, “Oh, I want to meditate today”. Definitely, not how this thing works. But it is extremely beneficial for you to practice and gain experience in. Think of it as soul food for your brain.
Soul food for your heart and soul
Meditation can improve your life in so many ways. As I get older – I’m starting to realize I let too many things take up valuable real-estate in my brain. It’s literally to the point where I can’t fall asleep at night, wake up in the middle of the night, or I just don’t sleep at all. I know I’m not the only one who experiences this sort of thing, which is so sad. Think about how much we put our brain and heart through each day. For example, my day – Get up, shower & get ready, drive in traffic to work, get talked at in meetings all day, interview people all day, get said no to all day making sales calls, drive in traffic until I get home, feed my cat, sit in traffic to go to yoga, get my butt kicked in yoga, stop at grocery store, go home, cook, pack a lunch for the next day, and go to bed. That isn’t even taking into account all of the people we talk to, the little negative things that make us feel icky in the day, the chores we don’t get done, the things we don’t get checked off of our to-do lists…do you see my point? I think I’ve made it annoyingly clear.
It’s as if our mind is always at a loud party. Getting yelled at, told what to do, where to go, and feeling pressured. Meditation allows you to turn all of that off. We are energetic creatures that need to feel connected to our true selves in order to make sound decisions and feel good about ourselves. But sometimes, we don’t give ourselves time to do just that. Meditation gives you a chance to connect with your true self, not the self you’ve created by the people you surround yourself with or any other distractions that could limit your thought process.
Find Your Spiritual Energy
Finding my spiritual energy makes such a difference in my daily life. Sometimes I allow myself to listen to what others are constantly telling me. How I should act, what I should buy, how I should make a decision and when. While all of this is valuable at certain times in life, sometimes it just isn’t what you need. Maybe you find your spiritual energy when you take a bath and light some candles. Or maybe it’s spending time with your family and being reminded of what your values are and where you’re from. Honestly, meditation is just another tool in life that can help you sort out all of the mental garbage we have spit at us all day through commercials, reality TV, radio, friends, family, and co-workers. When you start your meditation practice, you will begin to feel empowered, mentally rich, and happy.
How to Meditate
Honestly, even meditating for 5 minutes a day is a great place to start. You will absolutely make a profound difference in your life if you start actively setting aside time to clear your mind. You sit down, focus on your breath, and anytime a thought comes to your mind, you just refocus your breath! Easier said than done, right? Remember how I said my Grandma couldn’t even hear me? Grandma knows how to meditate like a boss. And you know what I’ve always said about my Grandma? Is that I’ve never heard her complain about ANYTHING ever in my entire life. She is honestly the most strong, happy, and put together person I know. Is it all because of meditating? I’m not saying that at all, but I’m sure it helps and with all the practice she has done to get it to the point where she’s so deep in meditation, I’m sure she valued the practice in her life.
Here are some beginner video resources to help your meditation practice – remember that it’s called a practice for a reason, so don’t get too frustrated in the beginning.