I knew that mindfulness had hit the peak of pop culture when I got an email at the day job from Corporate about their newest mediation program.
When mindfulness moves from Startup to Fortune 500, that means shit got real.
I am not a bandwagon jumper. Out of sheer stubbornness, I will do the exact opposite or will knuckle under and refuse to try something out if everyone else likes it. (Example: I have never seen and refuse to watch A Christmas Story.)
But there was something about meditation that spoke to me. While my middle school friends were planning their future wedding and naming their children, I was thinking about moving into a cabin in the woods and not talking to people for months at a time.
So sitting quietly with my thoughts is something I could get behind. But I was surprised at how much I struggled with it at the beginning (and still do, sometimes).
It can be hard but mediation is so very worth it.
There is so much going on all of the time: family, friends, hobbies, errands, work. And we all know how easy it is to get sucked into the social media comparison ring of doom. Taking 10 minutes to sit quietly and breathe has helped with lower my stress, made me more content and helped with my productivity.
As LaVar says, don’t take my word for it. You need to try it your own damn self. Here is how to get started:
Read: 10% Happier and Mediation for Fidgety Skeptics both by Dan Harris. Dan Harris goes through a whole journey in 10% Happier from being a stressed out, drug-doing journalist to, well, 10% Happier. I think it was more than that, but that would ruin the title. His book on meditation is more of a practical guide, but they are great companion books.
Download: Headspace or Calm. I have tried both and ended up settling on Calm. It is one of the thing saving my life right now. I love it so much that this winter during a holiday sale, I bought lifetime access. They both have free trials and hand-holding guided sessions to get you started.
I know what you are thinking, this whole thing might seem kind whoo-whoo and a little ridiculous what do you have to lose? It just takes 10 minutes a day to get all of the benefits and that is doable for everyone.
Especially since mediation can help you manage daily stress, help you stay focused, and might make you more compassionate.