What meditation meant for me?
I equated meditation to sitting still at one position and denying your thoughts to enter. The same as being blank for a certain period, e.g. 10 minutes. And I am an active person. I can’t sit still and do nothing even for five minutes. If left to myself, I will certainly be engaging in a pursuit.
So when my husband suggested me to try meditation, I was skeptical. He persuaded me to start the “Take 10” of the Headspace application on my iPhone. And said if I am not impressed, I can drop. And I agreed. Today, 10 days later, I am glad I listened to my husband.
What meditation is actually?
The application dissolved my misconceptions about meditation. Meditation, clearly, is not sitting still. On the contrary, meditation intends for you to accept your thoughts, in fact, to let them come and go. It is a process to accept yourself and to come to peace. You can call it an exercise for the mind. The moment you catch your thoughts and come back to concentrate on your breathing is the key. That moment starts your self-awareness. You do nothing with those thoughts, only notice them and come back to your breathing.
How meditation helps me?
Meditating every morning now helps me in getting my focus back and managing the disquiet in my mind. If you follow my blog, you see that a month has slipped away with no posts. Preceding weeks, I couldn’t finish a single blog post, owing to lack of words or loss of confidence or decrease in focus. But here and now I am back posting again starting today. It also calms me if I am agitated for some reason. For now, I am meditating daily.
I referred to the Headspace app at the beginning. The app provides guided meditation, fit for novices like me. Right now I have turned to another guided meditation app, which I will address in another post. It’s not that I don’t love the app. It’s just that, after the series “Take 10”, I have to pay and subscribe to get access to other meditation series the app provides. So before I pay for the subscription, I want to check other guided meditation apps available out there and later decide on one.
So, watch out for other apps I try.