Saturday, January 26, 2019

Meditation #Fail #Fail #Success!




Meditation: 

A practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness,
and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.[1]

Before I got sick, I had no real concept of what mediation was all about.  And to be honest, I had no intention of learning more.  I was all about daily sweaty workouts and very physical outdoor adventures.  Slowing down, mindfulness, breathing exercises... all of this was foreign to me.  And... I really didn’t have an interest or feel a need to learn more.  

Then I got sick and I found myself with a big empty whole in each day - my workout time.  This gap haunted me daily.   I finally decided I had to fill the hole or this loss would be in my face day after day and remind me of my workout loss.  So, I chose to explore meditation because it fit all the criteria I was suppose to be doing - pacing, becoming more stress-free, moderating my rapidly fluctuating heart rate... 

So, I tried listening to a meditation DVD.  During the sessions though, I found myself thinking of anything and everything but....  I completely failed to focus on meditating.  This went on day after day - my mind going a million places except for how I was being guided through the meditation session.   I felt like I was failing with no chance of success in sight.

Then, things changed a bit.  Soon I found I was simply falling asleep in the middle of meditation. Apparently, I went from a brain on high speed during these sessions to one that was out cold during them.  I wasn’t sure if this meant I was a meditation rock star or that I was just failing in a new way.  

Eventually I hit what I call phase three.   I not only learned to meditate but I could do it without any guidance.  Besides using it in life in general, I quickly found it to be a huge help in easing my anxiety during medical procedures.  By focusing on my breathing, my body relaxed making the procedure physically go better and mentally it also went smoother and was less stress-free for me.   Success!   

Admittedly I don’t make as much time for it as I should.  And I know personally I would be so much better off if I did.  Perhaps I would even sleep a bit better.  Knowing I have this gem in my back pocket though for when I really need it has been a gift and a relief.  

So that’s my meditation story.... I went in completely blind and I ended up finding some great success with it! 

I would love to hear how others first journeyed into it and how they use it.   I know I definitely could expand my use of it and reap more benefits from it.    Baby steps for now, bigger steps on the way.







12 comments:

  1. I swear by breathing and relaxation exercises to help manage pain and sleep. It's often a struggle staying with it at first, and getting the benefit, but now I find it's just automatic and instinctive. So good to find things that work.

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  2. Isn't it! It's become automatic for me as well - sometimes I find myself doing it when I need it, without ever even consciously deciding to do it. It takes practice, but once you've got it, it's a great tool in the toolbox.

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  3. I love this post! Meditating more is one of my main 2019 goals. I’ve stuck to it well so far, so I’m hoping it will stick! I’m using an app called Brightmind right now and I find that it really helps to be guided through meditations.

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  4. Thank you Molly! And thank you for the tip on the app - I'll have to check that one out!

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  5. It's one of the things I'm doing in January. So far, not a lot of success, but when I do get there, it's lovely.

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  6. Yea Lene - glad to hear you've had some success with it already! It's so refreshing coming out of a session. Congrats!

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  7. I really love mindfullness meditation and try to use it first thing in the morning, afternoon and evening and it helps my state of mind. I did am online course for 8 weeks for Health and Disease and once completed decided to continue. I find the breathing side a bit challenging but am getting better.

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  8. Wow - you are a true inspiration! I would love it incorporate it throughout my day more, as you have. Congratulations!

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  9. I can relate so much! If I wasn't ill, I don't think I'd be into yoga and meditation. I tried the app Headspace which wasn't my thing at all. It's important to find a form of meditation you like and that just feels right for you. For me, doing some stretches and listening to music is the best way to go! Hopefully one day I can meditate at any place without any help. I'm sure it's a process that takes some time.

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  10. I'm so glad to hear you've found your "sweet spot" with meditation! It's definitely an evolving process and exciting - because it only gets better and better!

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  11. Excellent to hear that you've found meditation techniques that work for you :)

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