Anyone that is committed to personal development has heard of the benefits of meditation. But if you are like me, that scares you. Mostly because I have tried to “quiet my mind” and tried to “find this inner peace” everyone talks about, but my mind wanders. And then I get angry with it. And then I am frustrated that I can’t do it. #fail
Enter the Calm App. I read about it HERE and I was so intrigued. You mean I can download an app that will tell me HOW to meditate and make it easy? Sign me up! So I download it (obviously), and I have used it three times so far.
Here’s the deal. The point of meditation and midfullness is NOT to shut off your brain, but to redirect it. That was kind of mind blowing to me. I though that my runaway thoughts were indicative of a failure on my part, but that is just not true. It just takes practice and it is a learned thing (like anything else in life.) Go figure.
ANYWAY, there are many, MANY options once you open the app. You can do 7 day programs (I’m currently doing Focus and Self Confidence, you can do ones for Sleep, and you can do your own timed thing.) The options are really endless. I started the other night with a Sleep program. You click on it and it plays some relaxing music, and then it guides you through some breathing stuff. Now, I MAY have been tired, but I went into a trance and woke up a bit later wondering what happened. So that was a win.
Fast forward to the next morning. I came home from Crossfit and decided to lay on the floor of my bedroom on my accuppessure mat and did a Focus session. I started on day 1 and got comfortable. Basically it teaches you that is OKAY for your mind to wander, you just have to bring it back. Over and over. Towards the end I felt a rush of calm wash over me. It was intense and felt so, so good. So good, in fact, that when the session ended I did another one and I felt the SAME THING. It’s kind of addicting.
The rest of the day I felt more relaxed and at peace. I can’t really explain it. I am looking forward to doing this daily and seeing how it affects me each time. So far, though, I love it and cannot recommend it enough. Meditation/Mindfullness for the WIN, you guys.
Tell me…do you meditate? How does it make you feel?