If you know me in real life, you’re probably quite aware that yoga is a very important part of my life. My yoga practice introduced me to meditation.
The word meditation was automatically a big scary word to me. At first, I thought it went hand-in-hand with levitating (sadly it doesn’t). But seriously, the thought of sitting still for an hour was terrifying.
During my yoga teacher training experience I started trying to incorporate meditation in my daily life, but it came and went in phases and didn’t really stick. Then, I went to what ended up being a THREE HOUR meditation workshop where we didn’t learn about meditation just did it. We did six 30 minute sits.
In the first sit, all I could think about was how asleep my legs were, ways to escape and “OH MY GOSH I CANNOT DO THIS.”
By the second 30 minutes, I decided to accept the situation and just count my breaths until it was over. Eventually, this got easier. Yes, my legs were still asleep, but I stopped fighting the reality of my situation.
From that point, I realized, “Hey! I totally can meditate.”
At the end of this September, I got an email saying Mala Collective was doing a 30 day meditation challenge. It seemed to come at the perfect time since I was pageant prepping and could really stand to chill and take a brain break. I signed up.
Each day there was a different guided meditation to take part in. Many of these meditations were mantra based. The first week, I felt so good and in control of my life. After a great first week, week two was a breeze. I noticed I felt better and had a more clear mind to make tough decisions.
Week three was tough. I had just won the title of Miss Omaha 2017 and I was all over the place. I stopped taking time to meditate and my life really showed it. I was reacting quickly to everything without much time to think. I was overwhelmed and felt lost.
The next week, I decided I needed to get back to what matters: morning Bible readings, journaling, mid day meditation and nightly devotionals. Then, suddenly, things started to fall more into place. I was back in alignment.
This isn’t to say that meditation will save your life and solve all of your problems, but it has offered me a new perspective and reminds me daily to just step back.
So take five minutes and sit. Silence your phone, close your eyes, get comfy and breathe.