March 25, 2020 at 12:41 pm #345310
Would love to hear other people’s journey around meditation and wellbeing. I’ve been a fan of yoga for years and last year started on my meditation journey. I’m really interested in how people got started and where they are in their journey.
What are your ups and downs?
Tips for keeping it up? A
Any apps you use to support you?March 25, 2020 at 1:30 pm #345382
I started guided meditation when I attended psychotherapy nine years ago. My therpist at the time sent me links to Mark Williams Mindfulness guided meditations series, one at a time over the period of months. He introduced me to Mindfulness and mindfulness exercises as well.
At the time I also attended the YMCA for yoga classes 3-4 times per week as well as Tai Chi twice a week. The practice of the very slow motion of tai-chi were excellent in slowing down my brain, as well as holding yoga positions for a long time, helping me to sort of take the elevator down from my overthinking brain to the body, focusing on the physical sensations of the body instead of the torture of overthinking.
I no longer listen to guided meditations. I take an hour walk everyday in the woods, which I find refreshing, and I still do warrior one and two almost every day.
“Tips for keeping it up?”- commit to a daily routine, make what you want to do every day become a habit. Once a habit, it will be easier to keep it up than to not keep it up.
anitaMarch 27, 2020 at 12:03 pm #345718
I saw your post and wanted to share a bit of my journey, hoping to also give you some pointers and tips.
Like you, I have also been practicing yoga for many years, and just like anita, I started meditating and practicing mindfulness because my therapist introduced me to it about seven years ago. I have tried several different ways of yoga and meditation, I have attended classes, online and in person, I’ve tried apps, I’ve tried different times of day to practice to see which works best for me, I’ve had and still have times when I can’t seem to get up the energy for yoga, or my monkey mind seems too busy for meditating (which is exactly when you ‘need’ meditation even more…lol).
Due to some physical health issues I currently do not practice yoga (the asanas) as regularly as I used to, but am hoping to get into it again more soon. I used to feel guilty when I didn’t practice, but that is not what yoga is about. Sure, usually when I practice I do feel better after. But there are simply times which don’t allow you to practice. If yoga (or meditation) becomes a chore or something you feel you ‘should’ do, then I think it loses its purpose. Yoga should make you feel better, not worse 😉
Like anita I go for walks twice a day (I have a dog) and those can be very meditative.
I do however also practice Vipassana every morning. It’s the time of day that works best for me. I sort of have that ‘beginner’s mind’, the world is still quiet, it feels good to start the day that way, and to get it ‘done’ (by that I don’t mean that I force myself, but it just feels like I have done something good for myself and my well-being).
For more than two years now I have been using a wonderful app called “Insight Timer” which offers tons of amazing free (as well as paid) guided meditations by meditation teachers from across the world, some of them well known. Or you can just use the timer to meditate by yourself. The app tracks your practice which is a motivation to build and keep up your practice. I love this app and can’t say enough good things about it, I recommend it to all of my friends and family!
It is normal to sometimes feel unmotivated, trust me, I get it! I often feel bad when I read about others who seem to have it all together and do so much more than I do on this journey to our inner selves.
But that’s what it is: a journey! You learn about yourself even when you don’t practice. And this will bring you back to your practice, because you realize how much you benefit from it 🙂
Hope this helps!
Be well and Namaste,