a balanced 2018

One of my New Year’s Resolution was to get a little more personal with you all, so I want to talk to you guys about my journey with meditation and yoga. I have been meditating for a little over a year now and it has made the biggest difference in my daily life! I have struggled with anxiety all my life and nothing has helped more than taking the time to completely clear my mind.

First off, what the heck is meditation anyways? That’s always the first question I get, but, honestly, I never know how to answer! I know what Google says it is. I know that you are usually sitting down with your eyes closed while doing it. Every time I meditate it is a different experience which is why I think it is hard to pin down a true definition. Some days, I can’t stay focused and it just sucks. Other days, I reach this sense of zen for 2 seconds and then – poof – it’s gone. Rare days, I reach the zen zone. But each day that I meditate, I start my morning with purpose. There’s no end game, it’s really just taking the time to listen to yourself. Let’s be honest, there aren’t too many minutes of the day where we are completely without distraction. Starting my day with zero noise sounds like such a small thing, but I am able to give each day a new set of goals and purpose. It totally clears my mind of all the other BS and it sets my mood for the rest of the day.

But, HOW do you meditate? Again, this is a tricky question to answer too! It is different for everyone. Good news: there is no wrong way to do it! I am learning meditation with the use of Headspace – a meditating app that eases you into the practice. The 10 min episodes gives your mind something to focus on to get you relaxed and looking inward. Plus, they recently launched a mini series so you can try 1, 3, or 5 minute episodes as well!

I also found the book, The Power of Habit, to be very insightful when I first started meditation. The book helps you to be honest with yourself on areas in your life you may want to change. Once I identified the habits I wanted to change, it gave me something to focus on during meditation – similar to a yogi’s intention. I reread this one anytime I feel that need to change a lifestyle habit!

Speaking of yoga, I like to think – in this regard – they go hand-in-hand! If you know meditation is not going to be your thing, maybe give yoga a try! I find a similar balance with yoga and it is what led me to meditation. Plus, it really is a great workout! When I reached a plateau on my weight loss journey, yoga was the only thing that kicked it back into gear. The extra stretching and different focus that yoga provides works different muscles that maybe you normally wouldn’t. It gave my body a different strength no other workout gave me. Adding yoga to my routine has had both mental and physical effects – win-win!

If you ever have any questions or want to chat meditation practices, please feel free to comment below or reach out to me directly! I love to hear what practices others use to keep a balanced lifestyle. Sending good vibes to you all!

 

XOXO,

Alysse Katherine

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