My #1 priority this year was to slow down. Am I getting lazy? Am I slacking off? I asked myself the same question and that's the problem. Since when did slowing down to enjoy the moment mean that you were sucking at life. It is actually the opposite.
I am more productive and ambitious because my focus is on quality of life not quantity. More is not always more and when I focus on what matters, I do things in a thoughtful, creative and "non-frantic" state, the results are better...for everyone.
I want to be happy, content, at ease. I realized this actually takes discipline.
It actually makes me laugh to think that we have to be disciplined about chilling out. It seems like a complete oxymoron. It definitely sounds like 2018 mumbo jumbo, but in my case it is spot on. In Fact it has taken me 10 years to form the habits I have today and to be honest most of my growth has happened in the last year. I still have "work" to do, but I am feeling amazing shifts everyday.
For so long I avoided stillness (so called boredom) at all cost. Now of course we are constantly attach to our devices so that we never have to be left alone with our thoughts. When the device is not enough we may shake things up with a little drama. The stories we tell ourselves, a grass is always greener mindset, blaming others, are all ways we divert our attention so we do not have to focus on ourselves. Meditation is the opposite of that. It is about YOU and your connection to YOU.
That is it. Sit with you, get to know you, listen to you, love you.
Practice the art of not being distracted. When something inside of us wants to escape we seek distraction. Distraction can manifest itself in many ways: stress, over-scheduling, destructive relationships, procrastination, food, drama, alcohol and the list goes on and on.
This is why we all need silence, reflection and meditation. It is not for others...It is for YOU. Living an extraordinary and spiritually fulfilling life is a practice, a state of mind, a willingness to connect.
If I can Meditate...You can Meditate
Sitting in stillness is not a natural state for me, but I am committed to going with the natural flow of my life, no need to manufacture a drama or storyline, today I actually enjoy simplicity. When someone says "I can’t meditate” I know right then and there that they need to meditate the most. Just like me xo
3 quick tips to start a meditation practice:
1- Do not judge yourself. Meditation takes practice and there are no strict rules, just be where you are.
2- Moving meditation. My first experience of entering a meditative state was while running. Next time you are walking or running, focus on your breathing and letting go of greyness or heaviness, breathing in light energy.
3- Ease into it. Try a few minutes at a time, 20 minute can be a long time for a beginner. Try 2 or 3 min per sitting and build on that.
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