I’ve got a wicked case of “monkey mind”.
If I let my brain run wild, I could bury myself in worry or to-do lists or any number of thoughts, while letting the purpose of my life drop away.
And I’ve done that. I let my brain run the show and it did a terrible job. I worried about the things I didn’t need to worry about and let important things slide. My priorities got all out of whack.
My brain is great, but it needs to work in tandem with the rest of me to get things done. It’s no good on its own.
So I tried meditation.
At first, it was really hard. Olivia The Cat inevitably would wonder what I was doing, and need to sit on me. She has personal space issues (as in she doesn’t respect them as you can see from this photo of her sneezing on my face).
And my brain wouldn’t shut up for a long time, my neighborhood was too noisy and active and the cat wouldn’t stop sneezing.
How exactly does one get started in meditation?
I am not an expert. I am a mom whose brain wouldn’t shut up one day, so I went and downloaded a bunch of meditation apps, did a lot of research, googled a lot and listened to a lot of terrible meditations.
I haven’t quite found inner peace yet, but I’ve found a lovely way to calm the chaos with meditative breathing and sometimes guided meditations.
You can chant a mantra, you can just sit and focus on your breath, but there are a lot of amazing resources out there. I’ve boiled it down to 6 of my favorites just for you.
- My dear friend Autumn wrote about the truth behind meditation, and it’s an excellent place to start
- The HeadSpace app has an amazing “starter’s kit” series to get you going in the right direction.
- Wes Knight has some great guided meditations here on Spotify.
- Maryam Hasnaa has a beautiful SoundCloud channel that I very much enjoy. There are some “woowoo” meditations that may not jive with you, but the Cord Cutting and Forgiveness meditation is one I highly suggest for anyone going through a breakup.
- If you are just looking to quite your monkey mind, Tiny Buddha has an almost-overwhelming amount of things to help you.
- Spotify has a wicked playlist chock-full of guided meditations you can use!
This post was written as a part of the NaBloPoMo, a daily blogging journey I am committing to in November 2017.