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What is the big deal with Meditation?

Meditation, what is it exactly? Why do people do it? Why do people think they can't do it? These are all great questions that I'm here to help you better understand from my point of view.

What is meditation?

Meditation is about being in the present moment and using techniques to help you be mindful of yourself and your surroundings. I believe that meditation is a personal experience and can be transformative if done on a consistent basis. Meditation is about using your breath and visualizations to help train your consciousness to a more focused state.

Why would I want to meditate?

Ever wake up one day and say to yourself, "I'm so done with feeling a certain way?" I think I can speak for most of us and say that we all have. It happened to me much too frequently and I knew there had to be a way to just feel better overall. That is when I found yoga, meditation being one part of the 8 limbs - Dhyana. I'll definitely be talking about the 8 limbs another time! Meditation can help in so many ways. It helps bring a calmness I've never felt before and brings emotions to the surface which is a way of healing.

I realized when the feelings bubbled up during meditation that after the session I felt so much lighter. I also learned to completely dive into what I was feeling because when I did that I was teaching myself how to deal with it while it was happening. I think when we feel depressed or sad we just want to remove that feeling and get on to the high vibrations BUT the low vibrations are the growing lessons, it's how I have learned so much about myself and how it's a forever learning experience. Feel it, process it & let go of it.

Excuses I hear all the time are:

"I can't meditate, I can't sit still that long." "My mind can't focus, I have a million thoughts running through my head."

If you didn't have thoughts running through your mind you wouldn't be human. Don't beat yourself up about it, acknowledge the thoughts and go back to focusing on your breath or your affirmation.

Anyone who can sit or lie down can meditate. It's always hard to start or to try something new right? But if you're truly looking to dig deeper to find your true authentic self, to find more peace of mind, to set a high vibration tone for your day, or maybe to destress after a long day, meditation can help your mind and your subconscious to get to your destination.