I’ve shared my thoughts on meditation before but you guys, you have to try it! Even just 5 minutes is beneficial. It’s enough time to slow down, focus and quiet that ever-present “monkey brain” that we all have.
(And yes, let’s just acknowledge that you are really busy, you have things to do, you don’t have time, you know you should but you just can’t. Have I covered it all? Oh wait, you can’t sit still and you’ve tried it but, but, but…)
The thing is, all of the stressors of work, marriage, family; angst and frustration; your perceived failings as a parent; and petty annoyances on the daily bounce around your head like a ping pong ball.
Now, trust me when I tell you that if you start to quiet that chatter, even for a few minutes, it will be hugely beneficial to you. And all you need to do is sit and breathe. Ok, it’s not that easy, but it’s not that hard. It just is. (ah, let that sink in).
Luckily, there are some apps and websites out there that can help you get into the zone. (Because if you’re sitting there opening your eye every few seconds to see if you have finished 5 minutes defeats the purpose of mindful breathing. Am I right?)
Headspace is a great app and I’ve been using it for about a year. Pretty consistently. I love the guy’s accent and I appreciate that there are videos and tips when you get started. It’s an acknowledgement that most of us aren’t well-versed in meditation and we need training wheels. I’m a “box checker” and every time I finish a session it tells me how many days I’ve been on my “streak”. This validation is helpful to me and they also have a “stats” page. Yes, I check it often. 🙂
I also subscribe to a podcast, Meditation Minis with Chel Hamilton. Check her out on iTunes. Her deal is 10-12 minute sessions where she walks you through a scene where there’s usually a water feature or a meadow. They are perfect for those of us that have trouble sleeping. Her voice is super calming and serene but not annoyingly so.
So there are my picks. Check them out and let me know what you think. And if you’d like to talk to me more about my experience with meditation I’ll be happy to do that.
Now go run!