Life and All It’s Chaos
It’s been a busy year to say the least. Busy doing what, who knows, but I feel tired now. Mentally and physically drained. Something needs to change in 2017 so I have decided to get proactive. I stopped over drinking and started making healthier food choices a few months back. Just doing those two things meant that I dropped nearly 2 stone…. don’t panic…this is not another weight loss blog. Don’t get me wrong, I’m truly inspired by those who have kicked the pounds and now feel reborn. I used to spend hours scrolling through amazing stories, usually while eating ice-cream. The irony is not lost on me.
Winds of Change
This time is different though. This is about my mind and my energy more than anything else and I am not forcing it…I want to change. I am tired of always feeling meh or worse, down about myself. So I shall start small. One glass of wine a night rather than a bottle, more vegetables on the plate and a brisk afternoon walk between meetings. This has impacted my mental well-being greatly, but I am still feeling a bit emotional about things. Work has been stressy. Life has been stressy. Self-loathing comes quite naturally to me, so I need to kick it up a notch and have decided to start practicing Meta Meditation in the morning. I decided this…not after several glasses of wine, like when I decided to do a Triathlon. No, this time it was from watching Andy Puddicombe’s TED talk – All it takes is 10 mindful minutes. Truly inspirational. He actually lived with Monk’s in Tibet. Every Monday morning when my teenager mumbles at me that his school uniform is not clean because he left it under his bed over the weekend, yet again, I have the urge to follow in Andy’s footsteps. Not sure how they’d feel about a female monk!
I hear you groaning or perhaps that’s just me. Another new age hippie freak trying to tie herself in a knot while on the floor, moaning. I know…but this one is a bit different. I’ve tried Ohm’ing, I’ve tried emptying my chaotic mind, but the negative critics find their way through the barrier way too easily. I need something with grit. Something that makes me, however much I don’t want to, show some self-love (this does not include a rabbit and batteries at any point).
Metta Meditation – The Journey Begins
So what is Metta Meditation I am hearing you ask… here is a WIKI HOW (is there seriously anything they don’t know how to do?!) to get you up to speed. I came across this amazing blog with a fabulous man, Giovanni, who has introduced me to more types of meditation than I ever knew existed. It’s down to personal choice really. And by the looks of it there are different types of meditation to help you with different types of challenges you wish to overcome.
Tips for getting started with Meditation:
- Do some research – there are so many different types of meditation out there
- Give it time – it takes time to calm a chaotic mind
- Be patient – it can be frustrating trying something so foreign, you may feel like it isn’t working, be patient
- Try, try, try – if it still isn’t working for you try a different form of meditation, it will be worth it once you find one that suits your style
So this is the beginning of the journey. They say any new habit takes around 21 days to bed in so let’s get going. I shall be checking in with updates!
Here’s to a 2017 filled with peace and self-love!