Meditation can have a life-changing effect on your life. I have been practising meditation for over five years and currently finishing my meditation teacher training with The Meditation Centre. I teach others how to bring this practice into life and change their lives forever. I offer meditation courses, guided meditations and 1:1 consultations.
What is meditation?
Meditation is an opportunity to reconnect with yourself, escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world and spend a few moments alone with yourself. I usually describe meditation as an exercise for our mind. In the same way that we move our bodies and take care of our physical needs, we can and should look after our minds.
What transformation can meditation bring to your life?
Freedom and mindset shifts can be life-changing. The biggest lesson meditation has taught me, is that i am not my thoughts. Yes, it is our brain's job to think but thoughts are not us. They are influenced by our inner and outer worlds, external conditioning that we pick from the our surroundings - family, friends, school, social media and so on. Learning to separate our thoughts from ourselves actually gives a lot of freedom to challenge those unhelpful ones and change them. As a life coach, I always say that any change starts with the mindset shift and meditation is a wonderful tool for that.
Why do I meditate every day?
I came to meditation about 5 years ago. I still remember how it happened because it was such a dark place for me. At that time I had a very hard job which required me to travel all over the UK and deliver training to different teams all the time. As a very sensitive extroverted introvert, I found it absolutely exhausting. I was ill a lot, I had all sorts of infections appearing what seemed like out of nowhere.
But my mindset at the time was to blame my job, surroundings and colleagues for everything. They didn't meet the expectations that I had in my head (how ridiculous does that sound now??) and I was getting upset about it. I remember waking up in the morning and wishing something bad would happen to me, just so I don't have to go to work. And then something bad did happen.
It was a Sunday evening and I was watching TV with my partner. I shifted on the sofa and freshly brewed peppermint tea spilt all over my leg. I scolded myself that badly that we had to rush to a&e and I couldn't walk for two weeks. I still have a scar on my thigh 5 years later. That was a time when I realised that I need to change something in me. My reality was that I couldn't change my job straight away, I simply had to accept it, stop fighting it and start seeing the positive sides to things. My sister mentioned that she started using the Headspace app to meditate so I downloaded it and that's how my meditation journey has begun.
Over the last few years, I have tried many different apps and guided meditations. Now I am in a position where I don't need to use them and I meditate by myself every day. Sometimes more than once a day. It feels like a natural next step for me, to help others to transform their life with the help of meditation practice. It became an essential accompaniment to my life coaching work. Pretty much anyone can do it and it is free!
You don't have to be a yogi sitting in the Himalayan mountains to be able to meditate
Often when I start talking about meditation, people imagine a yogi sitting on a stone high in the mountains, their legs in a lotus position, in complete silence. If that's you - fantastic I am very happy for you, and also jealous! But this is the same as starting to take dance lessons and imaging that the only way you can do it right, is if you are a world-class ballet dancer doing all ridiculous jumps and moves. Or starting to draw on weekends and thinking that you have to be Leonardo Da Vinci by the end of the year. Pretty much everyone can meditate! You don't need any fancy equipment or to be able to sit in the lotus pose. Sitting and breathing for few moments at your work desk is meditation. Taking a slow walk in the park, paying attention to your body and surroundings is meditation. Or starting every day with 20 min sitting is also a meditation.