For years I have talked about how Vodka saves lives. It has been my go to, to stop stress. I know, I know…not good. Well, apparently there is a safer alternative, and a lot cheaper. Its called meditation. I tried meditation off and on for a few years…mostly off. I tried different apps but as always I fell off. My focus could not be kept.
I then made it a point…to focus. I knew that this was my biggest problem. My lack of focus. I tried the Calm app. and it was pretty good. I remember it being somewhat limited. Then I moved on to the MHK app and I really enjoyed that. But, as with anything I could not stop there so I moved on to the Insight Timer app. This app is pretty neat because it is a community based app and you have different meditation coaches from around the world you can choose from, which is pretty awesome. There is also a map showing who else is meditating with you even at 4 am, which has become my meditation time.
You can create a playlist of your favorite teachers and repeat teachings over and over. I find that I am a fan of guided meditation or meditation with music. It helps me to regulate my breathing and I don’t have to rely on my own thoughts, which can cause my mind to wander.
I found myself doing it in the morning but now I find that if I have a rough day or know that I am going to bed upset I will look up a sleep meditation on my app and use it to clear my mind. It has become my go to when I fall out of sorts.
I am by no means a guru but when I find something that works that has changed how I view my life throughout the day, I feel the need to share. We don’t give ourselves that time to just breathe. We use that time to watch T.V, eat or other things that are not productive. I don’t feel guilty when I meditate because I know that this time is for me and I am very selfish with my time. It is not hurting anyone and it has truly begun to change my life.