"Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.
We live in an age where grief, fear, and destruction saturate our world. Through the news, social media, and gossip we are constantly being thrown into a place of madness, or at least I am. There have been several times in my life when my overexposure to the ugliness of the world has pulled me into depression, but I am thankful that a very good friend gave me a tool to pull me back out. This tool is meditation. I listened to others rave about its wonders with rolled eyes and then one day I actually tried it, and it changed everything.
So What's Meditation Anyway?
The answer to this question isn’t as simple as I originally thought. There are many different ways to meditate, but the common thread among them all is the practice of intentionally clearing the mind and reaching a higher consciousness. Doing this allows us to access a part of our minds that's virtually impossible to reach otherwise. This higher consciousness helps us to better understand ourselves, our surroundings, and how to better handle events in our life.
How Do I Do It?
The ultimate goal of meditation is to clear your mind so you can discover parts of your self but, like any other skill, you have to practice. Starting the process can be extremely difficult for a lot people and I was no exception. It can also be hard if you have roommates or kids, or if you are constantly plugged-in to technology. I used to live with my mom and my nephew so I know how difficult making time for yourself can be, but I made it happen. I'm going to break down the steps I took to start my meditation practice.
Okay, Now What?
So now that I have shared some of the basic steps I took to begin my meditation practice, go try it for yourself! Make time to be alone, unplug, start slow and start small! Or maybe you've tried meditation already. What do you do and how did you start? Did you stop? Why? Comment and let me know!