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Starting a meditation practice.

Khalsom Ibrahim

Posted on June 19 2017

Starting a meditation practice.

Have you ever wanted to start meditating but have no idea what to do, or just keep putting it off till some other time. Yeah that's me. So I've decided that now is the time to really give it a go.

Life right now is pretty hectic, if you are like me and have a million different things to think about all the time, sometimes it can feel totally overwhelming. Having a meditation practice can help you to calm the mind and think clearly and more sharply, or so they say! Funnily enough, a friend who's husband meditates all the time, recently had to put together a piece of furniture, unfortunately it did not go well and broke the poor guy, ha-ha i believe his exact word were, what is the point of meditation, I want to set this piece of furniture on fire!!  Haha. He finished it in the end, but needless to say it left him questioning things.

So, is it all a load of nonsense??? I guess there is only one way to find out.

When I was doing my 200hr TT, I was very lucky to get to learn from Carlos Pomeda, a wonderful man with a wealth of knowledge, he led us though many meditations over the week that we spent together. Never being one to really believe in all this "fluffy stuff", I was totally surprised when one particular session had a pretty strong affect on me. I felt a weird unease, it felt like sadness, but it was probably just different emotions, I'm not really sure, I'm not really a openly emotional person, so it was quite confusing, and a little shocking, but it oddly didn't put me off, it was somewhat liberating to feel this way.

So it's one thing having someone lead you through a meditation, it's quite another attempting to do it yourself. A friend from my training introduced me to this a great app called Headspace, you can download it for free, and there is a 10 day free trail, you don't have to do it all at once, ahha i did Day 1 in 2015, and Days 2 and 3 yesterday and today! It guides you slowly through different meditations, known as the basics. Starting off slowly, getting you used to the practice, becoming familiar with sitting quietly and focusing on the breath and your thoughts.

Once the 10 days is over, you can opt to subscribe to the app, which will unlock loads of different "packs" of meditations that you might want to chose to focus on.  From Anxiety, Stress, Sleep, Anger, Depression, Self-Esteem, Rehab, Focus, Creativity, Happiness... and that is just a few of them. The app isn't exactly cheap, but they say that 8.5million people use it, so maybe its all worth it? The cost is $17.98 on a monthly basis, or $11.58 a month if you pay for a year, or $588.98 for forever!! You can also cancel at any time so don't worry if you decide you don't like it anymore, unless you went for the forever option and well, then you're a bit screwed! I wonder how many people have bought the forever version. 

Anyway so I've gone through the first 3 days.. I went big and started with 10 minutes straight up. Not sure if that was the best idea. I got to about 9:30 last night and then felt incredibly irritable. This afternoon i tried again, after having a terrible time trying to get Teddy to sleep. (grrrr) I felt a lot better this time, still a little anxious, but that because I have so many things i need to do, and when i think about it all it makes me want to scream. The feeling did subside a little towards the end and my mind definitely feels a little clearer right now. Hhhmm maybe I'm onto something?

I'm going to get to day 10 and see how i feel. Will I subscribe??? I'll keep you posted.

If you try it out, let me know how you go and what you think of it. Happy Meditating.



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