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#MeditationNation: My Beginnings So Far

Hello everyone!

When I was planning out first posts for this blog, I knew right away that something I wanted to talk about was meditation. I started this to get in touch with myself and to really focus on finding my way in this ever-wonderful, abundant universe, and I personally believe that mediation is a really great way to start doing that.

Don’t get me wrong; I haven’t been meditating long, and I’m not great at it, but it is something I am trying to do more. This past spring (2018), I was very into meditation. I was working a 7-3 job, and so I would wake up at 4:30 AM, go for a run, and then come back and meditate on the front balcony. Guys, I have never felt so peaceful and at ease in my life. Honestly, that was probably the time in my life where I felt the happiest and healthiest I’d ever been.

Then of course, life happened. I got a new job, went on a backpacking trip in Europe, and meditation kind of just fell out of my toolbox. I never thought of doing it, thought I was too busy, etc. Ironically, maybe that’s exactly why I should’ve been doing it.

Now, I’ll be honest, I’ve been struggling a bit lately. Starting a new grad school program, starting a new job, and not only that, but starting a new job in my new field that I’m still learning about. It’s a lot of pressure! I’ve been really analyzing myself lately, and trying to make changes (such as starting this blog-creative outlets are healthy!). I decided that meditation was something I had to bring back because I remembered what a positive tool it was for me several months ago.

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The home screen of my favorite meditation app, Insight Timer! 
So now, what I try to do is meditate when I first wake up. I check all my messages and social media (the next habit I need to change…) upon waking, take a second to shake the last bits of sleep off, and I open my favorite meditation app, Insight Timer. This app is literally life-changing. It has guided meditations, which I love, the various timers, courses, etc. Like, there are SO many different things! For now, because I’m just getting back into it, I’ll pick a short (10 minutes) guided meditation on whatever I feel I need most that day (lately, it’s been grounding). Then, I just turn it on and go for it.

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Just a sampling of what it looks like in different guided meditation categories! Grounded is my favorite one! They have THOUSANDS to choose from! 

I’d like to get back to a place where I can just sit by the river, clear my mind, and meditate on the sound of rushing water. That’s a great feeling. That’s the ultimate goal, although I’m very content now with my 10 “morning minutes”!

Stay tuned for more meditation themed posts, and let me know what you think about meditation! Any tips and tricks?

Talk to you soon!

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