I can’t say that I am much of a meditation girl because it feels as though every time I try to meditate, my mind wanders into my to-do list. I eagerly wake up (on very few occasions) at 5:00 am to attempt my meditation routine. I sit in my Full Lotus position: legs crossed over each with feet as close to the hip crease as possible. Keep the spine straight and arms extended over your thighs with your thumb and index fingers touching and forming a circle. For some reason, I always have my thumb and middle finger touching as if I am sending a F!@# you subconscious sign to meditation.
I really REALLY want to do it and be good at it. I have read all the amazing things meditation does for a person and here are just a few of its examples according to various studies and articles:
- Reduces stress.
- Increase signal connections in the brain.
- More focus.
- Zen-like feel.
- Lower depression risks in teenagers and pregnant women.
- Allows for better sleep.
- Increases self-awareness.
- Makes you feel more compassionate.
- Regulates your emotions.
- Body awareness
- Reduces anxiety.
Of course, meditation is perceived differently by the person truly in the moment. It is not to say that everyone who meditates will experience all of the above benefits but surely, they will experience some. What I hope to one day undergo is true self-awareness. I feel as though I have lost myself somewhere along the journey of marriage and motherhood. I truly don’t know who I am anymore. I look at younger pictures of myself and I see a girl who always looked put together and knew exactly what she wanted out of her life and what her ambitions were. Now, I don’t really know who I am nor what I want from my life. I am hoping that through meditation I can first be able to clear my mind and be in the moment. To hear of feel my inner being reflect some knowledge or expertise. So many people have found a mind-body connection through meditation that has given them self-acceptance and peace. I believe this is something we can all benefit from especially because of the esthetic pressures we place upon ourselves. If we can clear our minds, accept our unique beauty and be at peace with the temple we have been gifted, we would all be better human beings.