I’m getting into all kinds of spiritual and mental journeys where I clear my chakras, cleanse my room and do all kinds of things that normal people would see as weird. But recently I came across a matter that I haven’t put any energy into before, that is supposedly a huge part of my new hobbies. Meditation.
And I realized how amazing it is.
Who shouldn’t meditate?
This is certainly not a universal practice, I can understand why some wouldn’t like to do it every single day. And that’s fine. I just want to get it out of the way, so that you don’t waste your time.
Firstly, you need to have an open mind and be ready to accept kind of questionable practices if you want to have the best results. My favorite meditation includes clearing and charging my chakras, which might seem very weird to some of you. Just be prepared to hear other spiritual stuff like this and don’t raise your eyebrows and interrupt your session. Accept it for now and go with the flow. If you can’t do that you need to have a very specific playlist that doesn’t include unusual practices.
Secondly, you need to be able to sit still. The first time I meditated I was stupid enough to just sit at the edge of my bed with a semi-straight back. What I didn’t know was that my selected track was 22 minutes long. The pain and discomfort quickly set in, so I had to restart and lay down. But even then, it can get hard to stay completely still and emerge in your own thoughts.
What is meditation good for?
Generally speaking, it’s great if you want to ground yourself or have a check-in with your whole body. The first thing I experienced was the fact that my emotions couldn’t control me anymore. The mood swings stopped and I was able to hold back. So it’s great on an emotional level as well.
What I recommend to everyone though, is meditating before sleeping. Lay down, put your headphones on and listen. Do whatever the track tells you to do, but don’t force yourself to stay awake. You will either end up in a really deep sleep or you will have a little more calm before bed. It only takes 10-15 minutes and can do absolute wonders, especially if you have a hard time falling asleep.
Or if you want to explore your own mind, this can be a way to do so. Sit down and let your thoughts flow. I don’t recommend playing any kind of track at this time, just some background music. You can discover so much of what is going on in your head.
I personally, meditate before and between study sessions. It prepares me to get into a certain mindset.
How can you start?
The first step is either finding a Youtube channel that has tracks, or downloading an app. I recommend Let’s Meditate both on Android and iOS (although it costs 0.99$ on the latter). It has plenty of great features and you can even download what you like and listen to them offline.
The second step is taking some time and finding a track that seems good to you. One for sleeping will probably work for a beginner. Then lay down and listen. Follow each step the best you can and make sure that you focus on your breathing.
The third and last step is making it a habit. Set yourself a reminder or get used to meditating before bed. Either way, just don’t stop.