I meditated a lot when I was in my twenties. Then I somehow lost it. I think it was when everything started to spin faster with dance jobs, café jobs, other kinds of jobs, then higher education, boyfriends, late night clubbing, separation - you name it. Meditation and I were no longer an item and to be honest - I didn´t think about it that much.
Until that day of burnout came and surprised me, and I realized that I (the dancer, with full body control) was quite disconnected to my body. Suprise! I mean, who would have guessed. So focused on stretching, spinning, jumping and making cool moves but still not connected to my body when it came to listening to signals of pain, soreness or tiredness.
Somewhere in my healing process, I decided that maybe it was a good idea to start meditating again. That maybe I could heal a lot of pain by being present with it. By breathing into it. By letting it be there, and stop running away from whatever was causing me stress and discomfort. And so I did.
And now, three years later, I´m meditating around 15 minutes a day, and I´m also a trained mindfulness instructor. I´ve found it to be the best habit I have in my life and I´m so grateful for what I get back from this short routine. Do I feel like skipping a day or two? Hell yes, and sometimes that happens. But I make sure I get back on track again. Mostly because of how it makes me feel. For example:
- My concentration is sharper.
- I make better decisions at work.
- I´m more aware of my thoughts and when they are about to drag me into something destructive.
- My physical pain seems to be melting, relaxing and being less intense.
- I enjoy the simple things in life more.
- I´m more present with the people I care about. Like more with them for real (not up in my head worrying about work or other stuff).
- I don´t sweat the small stuff (well at least not as much).
- I sleep better (love it!).
- I feel more at peace with what is and happier about my life in general.
- I don´t get as stressed as I used to.
These are just some of the shifts I´ve noticed and of course what happens when you have a meditation habit is different for every individual.
If you are curious about meditation, there are a lot of free apps to start with if you feel sitting in silence is difficult. Headspace is a good one!
I sometimes use guided meditations, but most of the time I´m sitting in silence focusing on my breath.
Wishing you all a great week!
Pic from a very relaxed day on the beach in Cádiz.
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