Last year I decided that I really wanted to work hard on my blog and expand it to truly reflect who I am now rather than who I was when I started it a long time ago. Then I just wanted to post pictures of clothes I liked (which lets be real here people, I still love doing) but now I also feel like I want to include you in what I love nowadays and give you a bit more of a look into my life. I feel so happy now that my blog feels more and more like me, a lot more than it ever has and I hope that you guys are liking reading some different posts from me too. I want it to feel more like a scrapbook, maybe a little random and disjointed sometimes but with a common thread of me through it.
So today I want to share a little about something that is a really big part of my life and has been for a long time and that is Meditation. I wanted to talk about my 'journey' (I feel like I'm on X Factor using that word!) with meditation and give you a bit of an insight on how it has affected my life and maybe give you a bit of info about it, in case its something that you want to start bringing into your life too.
I can honestly say I break my life up into two parts, me before I started to meditate and me after. That's how much of a big deal its been in my life. Learning to meditate and practising it daily has changed my life in so many ways, not only in how I feel but also in who I am (wow sounds way more dramatic written down, but you know what I mean).
My story of learning to meditate is probably pretty similar to a lot of peoples. I had so much going on in my life at the time, everything felt more than overwhelming and there was so much for the first time in my life that I really couldn't control. I was spending most of my time thinking about the tomorrow's, the 'what ifs' and the 'whats going to happen next'. My thoughts were uncalm and cluttered and I knew I wanted to change that but I just didn't really know how, until I found an article about meditation online. Now I knew about meditation like most people do but I didn't really 'know' anything about it, if you know what I mean. But I was willing to try and I ordered a book off amazon to learn all about it and try and teach myself what it was all about and the rest like they say is history....
A couple of weeks after ordering the book, I meditated for the first time, it was weird and I was fidgety and over thinking everything but I kept going and gradually over the course of only a week I felt for the first time in a long time calm. I had glimpses of a clear head again and that was enough for me to keep going.
So here we are now many, many years later and I'm still sitting once or twice a day everyday meditating. Don't get me wrong it wasn't plain sailing, there were days when I felt like I used my 20 minute meditation to think about all the things I didn't want to think about and times when those 20mins felt longer than an eternity but there were also the moments of startling clarity, of peacefulness and of calmness like I had never felt before. It broke through that period of my life like a glowing sunshine on a dull day and I can say that my life has been different, better, much much better ever since.
Ok so why am I sharing all this now I hear you ask, well because hearing other peoples experiences helped me so much and convinced me to give meditation a go and if reading this can make even just one of you think that this can help your life then its all been worth it.
I really feel like in a weird, super hippy sounding way, that meditation found me rather than me finding it, so if it's not already in your life then I hope if you have your arms open it will find you too and you'll have as great an experience with it as I have.
I'm going to do another few posts on meditation over the coming days/weeks so keep an eye out for them. One of them will be a post full of the books that helped me learn all about that meditation life....
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