Let’s start with a healthy mind because isn’t that behind everything we do and want to achieve?
The power of a positive mind amazes me.
I know people who swear by meditation for relaxing, clear thought, reducing stress, focus and countless other reasons. Personally I didn’t see how I could justify sitting and not getting any physical benefits, like an ab–workout, out of it. Wasn’t it a bit self involved to sit there and focus on me…?
Oh, how naive I was.
I wanted something user friendly – nothing too far removed – as meditation is a state that you learn. It can’t just be achieved by sitting there closing your eyes and trying to force yourself into a form of calm.
I downloaded the ‘Headspace’ app and have been doing their ten day free trial. Ten minutes for ten days. Andy, the founder, talks you through everything. I did find initially that I would get anxious that ‘I wasn’t doing it right’ and that ‘I didn’t feel in some zen like state’. Andy explains that you are allowed to let the mind wander but it is about letting the thoughts come and go and not holding onto them. He is brilliant and just reading his tweets calms me down…psychosomatic, I’m sure, but nevertheless a nice calming distraction in what is a busy London life.
Am I going to sign up after ten days? – I’m not sure. I haven’t tried anything else yet except for chanting which we did at drama school with Nikki Slade which was absolutely amazing by the way! There are so many different types of meditation and I need to explore which one is for me.
I also downloaded an app called Digipill. It provides you with a free relaxing ‘pill’ (podcast) and once you get over the filmic narrative I can’t tell you much more as each time I have listened to it at night I have fallen asleep during it! You can purchase other ‘pills’ targeted at specific concerns i.e. anxiety, focus. I’ll let you know if I’m a convert when/ if I manage to stay awake.
Can you recommend any good meditation books/ sites/ classes/ dvds/ apps that I should try?