Happy hump day, guys! I'm heading to Arizona later this week for a wedding (90 degree temps, here I come), so I'm in a weekend state of mind already. Between travel and some work stuff, and now having a moving truck + movers scheduled to arrive Monday to pick up the remainder of our belongings (i.e., the heavy stuff), I'm feeling a bit like life is a chaotic whirlwind right now. A good one, but a whirlwind nonetheless. We hadn't really planned out the moving truck piece of this moving adventure til yesterday, so it suddenly feels very official (because having half my belongings split between two places didn't already...), and very fast. Like ripping off a bandaid.
With the move and everything else, I've been focused more on my gratitude (like I was doing over Lent), and have thought a bit about meditation.
Do you meditate? I personally don't, or at least not in the traditional sense, i.e., sitting still and focusing on particular topics or feelings.
I have a few friends who do, though, and I know it can be very helpful for a lot of people to center their hearts and minds, as well as kick off their day. I've also heard rave reviews about the Headspace app, which can help guide you and help you get started meditating (I've never used it myself though, and this isn't a sponsored post).
Personally, I've always considered exercise to be my form of meditation. A moving meditation. I mean, not all exercise, but certainly runs most of the time, and yoga.
Movement, like running and vinyasa yoga, almost always helps center me, and bring me to the present tense. I'm an over-thinker and Type A, so I have a tendency to get lost in my thoughts, the what if's and the to do's. Exercising in the morning in particular has become such an important tradition for me; even if it's just walking outside, the movement helps me mentally prepare for the day, and ready to problem solve and leap over challenges. It sort of shakes the cobwebs out and helps me feel stronger, mentally and physically.
It's good for the soul.
This moving meditation helps me feel more grounded and remember the things I'm so grateful for. I've had people ask me how I workout in the mornings, and honestly, this has a lot to do with it. It just makes each day so much better, at least from where I'm standing.
I don't at all think you need to sit quietly in a corner or stare out motionless at the ocean in order to find a peace or calm within. Meditation can look different for different people, and that's okay. The important part is that you're doing something to soothe your soul. Being gentle with yourself and reflecting on how you're feeling, and what you need out of your minute/day/life right in this present moment.
The busier I get, the earlier I wake up... hence 5:45am yoga classes. :) Because it's a priority to me to fit it in - not just for the physical health benefits and because I love being active, but because of the mental clarity it provides me for the rest of my day.
Without it, I'd be a freakin' mess right now!
What do you think? Is meditating your jam? I've just never been able to make the sit still version work for me; it took me long enough to learn to embrace and settle into savasana at the end of yoga classes.
Have wonderful day, friends! Catch ya next week with a tan, hopefully. ;)