So, I've been mediating just about every day, give or take a few I missed, for almost three and a half months now, and I wanted to let you all know how I'm getting on! Meditation's a lifelong journey, and it's early days yet, but already I'm reaping some fabulous benefits. I don't always find my meditation sessions easy exactly; I feel like the longer I've been doing it, the less I actually seem to be able to focus and get into that mindful state. I'm sure that's not the way it's supposed to go! To be honest, there have been a lot of days when I just really can't be bothered to do my practise, even though it's only ten minutes out of my day.
Most days, it kind of just feels like a chore. But I keep on with it, because...well, because I know it's good for me. I know how important it is, and how much it benefits my mind, body and soul. Even if I feel like I'm not achieving anything much at all, just the fact that I'm trying counts for a lot. And just trying has loads of positive effects! Even if you feel like you're not doing it at all right, and you're just wasting your time, believe me you're not. I felt like that, but I've come to realise that it's still working, even if you think it isn't.
Over the last few weeks, I've been feeling calmer and more centred than I think I ever have before. I'm managing to get things in perspective without feeling overly anxious about things which, ultimately, there's no point worrying about. I care less about what other people will think of me, and have more conviction in my own decisions, and following the path that I know is right for me, not the one that's necessarily expected.
Now, I'm not saying that I sail through life without a care; there'll always be good moods and bad moods, good days and bad days. But I feel able to accept that it won't always be perfect far better than I ever could before. I accept that I'm human, and that's okay! In fact, it's more than okay. Life's ever changing, after all, and going with the flow rather than fighting it all of the time is ultimately going to make me far happier in the long run.
There's so much more that I've learnt over the last three months; trying to condense everything into a couple of paragraphs would have been impossible, but hopefully I've got the essence of it down! I'll keep updating you all on my progress as time goes on and my meditation journey continues, but for now I hope I've inspired you to take ten minutes out of your day to just sit and be still. It's so worth it!
Do you practise meditation? What have you learnt? Or maybe you've never tried it but always wanted to? Let me know in the comments!