I started meditating awhile back, and it’s a habit that is really growing on me. I wish that I could say I do it religiously every day, but I do not. I realize that I am calmer, happier, and less frustrated when I make time to meditate. I also realize that I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love the way it makes me stop, breathe, and center myself. I hate the idea of it. I hate how hippy dippy it sounds. The Type A realist in me hates the concept of just sitting still, wasting time.
I have listed to a lot of podcasts and read a lot of books about recovery or sobriety, and all of the extol the virtues of meditation. Apparently, it actually causes real, tangible changes in your brain that can actually undo some of the damage caused by stress and past trauma.
I intent to write a few posts on meditation, so for this first one, I’ll simply encourage you to try it. I can’t get on board with unguided meditations quite yet.. I need a voice in an app to focus on. So, I’ve purchased the Mindfulness app and started with a few very short 3-minute meditations. They work best for me in the middle of the day, when I notice that my shoulders are a little higher, my pulse a little elevated, my brow a bit furrowed. The meditation helps me to reset for the afternoon. I hope to do it more in th new year. Day 29.