I once thought meditation was just for super spiritual people that wore the died cotton trousers and chanted cross-legged whilst sat somewhere out in nature.
Over the last few years, mediation has become an ever increasing important part of my day having built up to 5/6 times a week.
But this year I decided I want to do it every day and yesterday I completed my 100th consecutive day of meditating.
90% of the time it’s just 10 minutes, sometimes 5 and some times 20/30 depending on how I’m feeling and how much time I have.
Here are just some of the benefits I have got from it so far:
- I’m more mindful and aware
- I’ve experienced a decrease in ‘unnecessary’ stress
- I’ve gained more control over my emotions
- I have increased patience
Some of the other benefits most people say are:
- It has an increase in Health, wellness, and wellbeing
- You sleep better
I must admit I hadn’t measured these and I very rarely get ill and sleep very well anyway so it’s hard to say.
What I will say it this….
The last 6 months have been the most challenging I’ve ever had for a variety of reasons, I’ll share more on this in months to come.
There is no way I could have stayed sane if I hadn’t been meditating in the way I have been.
Below are just a few people that choose to meditate daily according to various respected media outlets
- Paul McCartney
- Kate Perry
- Russell Brand
- Ray Dalio
- Joe Rogan
- Michael Jordan
- Tony Robbins
So there must be something in it?!
Although I’ve noticed a significant improvement and did have my best mediation, 94% calm for 10 minutes just the other week (see below) and tend to average anywhere between 60-80 % calm most days I still have days when it’s not anywhere close.
What’s interesting is I’ve noticed a pattern when this is…
Most calm when I have accepted what’s happened/happening, do it as soon as I open my eyes. Less calm when I’m trying to do it later in the day, not breathing properly and I’m wanting to do something I’m not taking action towards.
Here are a few tips based on my experience over the last few years and of course the last 100 days:
- Use an app – They say meditating is the hardest skill and human can master, so try and make it easier for yourself! As a beginner try using Headspace (a guided meditation app) or listen to Brain.fm (sounds that change your brainwaves).
- Get a Muse – if you’re serious I’d highly recommend getting a Muse. I use a Muse (a headband that monitors my brainwaves) this helps me to monitor and improve, find out more here.
- Time of the day is key – I get the best results when I do it first thing, as soon as I open my eyes. I’ve researched this and it’s because yours naturally changing from delta brainwaves to theta as you wake up so I’m taking advantage of it and in effect making it easier for myself.
- Length matters – 10 minutes is bang on for me. Sometimes if I’m really busy I’ll cut it to 5 minutes.
- Be Consistent – I do it at the same place every morning, same time. In bed. Some people say not to do it in bed but it works for me.
- Breathe – I got massively better results when I was conscious of my breathing. Either Belly, chest, head in a circular motion or box breathing work really well for me.
Like I said, don’t get me wrong it isn’t a problem solver but it certainly helps with the state of mind you put yourself in to solve problems.
I like to say imagine you wake up and you’re at a 5/10 stress level you go into work stuff happens and you’re then at 8/10. It’s not a great experience.
Well with meditation you might wake up and be at 5/10 mediate and get to 2/10.
That same stuff happens but you’re then only at a 5 rather than an 8.
So has it been worth it?
Give it a go, commit to 14 days and notice the difference in how you feel.
Until next time… make it happen.
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