Calm

I do not hide it. 2021 was an extremely hard year for me. Dare I say, the most difficult in my life. However, the struggle brought me to meditation. I know you probably have some preconceived notion of meditation in your head of someone sitting with their legs crossed and chanting out loud. My meditation is not that.

It is a way for me to find mindfulness. What is mindfulness? It is a word that is used quite frequently in today’s society.

mind·ful·ness

/ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/

a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Thank you internet definition.

I am like everyone else. I worry about the future. I regret moments from the past. But, I do not focus on the present remotely like I should. Even when now is horrible which many of us deal with: I want to be present. I want to learn how to acknowledge it, and move through life with it. Not to be stopped in my tracks.

This is my meditation practice. Less in my head, more of what’s right in front of me. The more you practice being in the present moment the more you can accept what happened in the past and prepare for what you were worrying about in the future anyways.

How do I meditate?

I am huge fan of the Calm App. I actually was recommended this app back in 2017 from my Musical Theatre Intensive program in New York City. It was part of my course to have it. Calm not only offers different types of meditations; but also sleep stories, masterclasses, daily movement, soundscapes, and much more. I highly suggest starting a free trial and beginning your own meditation practice.

Hint: Do not get frustrated if you think meditating is hard, or you think you are not meditating correctly. That’s the great thing about meditating! There is actually not a correct way to do it. Your practice is your practice. I hope you all get a little more calmness added into your life.

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