Guest Post By Julie Lauren, author and lifestyle expert.
Hi there! Julie Lauren here today, and I’m so excited to talk about something that is very near and dear to me: meditation. If I’m being honest, I used to be a skeptic when it came to meditating. I had heard good things, but I didn’t truly understand how just 10 minutes a day could make THAT big of a difference in your overall well-being. Well, I was certainly proven wrong because now I can’t imagine a life without meditation.
It was probably a year and a half ago when I first tried a guided meditation
I did enjoy it, but I found it very challenging. My mind continuously wandered, and I felt like I was doing something wrong. As time went on, though, and I continued to meditate more and more, I realized I wasn’t doing anything wrong. In fact, it’s completely normal for one’s mind to wander while meditating. It’s natural. The goal is to be able to accept those thoughts and gently push them aside and remain present.
I’m now an avid user of the Calm app
Their daily 10 minute guided meditations are something I genuinely look forward to. In being totally transparent, I don’t do it daily, but I like to do it as much as possible. And the days I don’t do it I notice a difference. I don’t feel as grounded and as mindful. Simply, I feel a bit off. It’s proven to make such a difference in my life. Yes, just 10 minutes a day. That’s all it is. 10 minutes.
There are so many benefits to meditation. From lower stress and anxiety levels to allowing for more mindfulness in your life to helping you sleep better to increasing your attention span and SO many more, there’s no reason to not add meditation to your daily routine.
If you’ve never done it, you might feel extremely uncomfortable the first couple times
That’s perfectly ok. Lean into that discomfort. It’s extremely hard to turn your mind off. Often, when I’m meditating, my mind goes in a million directions. However, each time I meditate, I get better and better with pushing those thoughts aside, with being more in that very moment I’m in. The emails can wait. The phone calls can wait. The work can wait. It’s just 10 minutes. 10 minutes for yourself.
We’re so used to putting other things first that oftentimes we forget to treat ourselves with as much kindness and compassion as we treat others. If you’re not in your best mindset possible, how will you be able to excel in your career, in your personal life, in your relationships? They don’t say put your oxygen mask on first before helping others for no reason.
Another common misconception when it comes to meditation is that you must sit cross legged on a pillow in a room with beads and candles and crystals. Well, I meditate in my bed because that’s where I’m most comfortable. You can meditate anywhere you want. This is your time. I do advise to do so in a space that is calming to you, though. Aside from that, it’s entirely your decision.
If you’ve never given meditation a try, I urge you to do so. You might just realize that as little as 10 minutes a day can be life changing in a way you never could have imagined.