My name is Megan, and I am really excited about joining Lesley-Ann and the Gorgeous Things Team. I am a proud little Aussie, Occupational Therapist, student, wife, yoga devotee, healthy living junkie (with the odd glass of Sauv Blanc for good measure), and hopefully in the not too distant future, mother. I have recently moved to California, and whilst soaking up the sunshine and studying for my Masters in Occupational Therapy, I look forward to spreading the word about the fabulous products and lifestyle education Gorgeous Things supports. I also look forward sharing some of my experiences from the other side of the pond.
I have decided to start off with something I believe strongly in, though am not always the best at committing to…A Regular Meditation Practice. When practiced consistently, the benefits definitely do exist. Whether it is establishing a personal practice independently or through group sitting, it can be simpler than you think. The hardest part is starting and discovering what works best for you, and that can also be the ‘fun’ part.
The benefits of meditation can include:
- Improved sleep, and possibly need for less sleep
- Improved concentration
- More general peace in daily life and a more positive outlook
- A calmer way of dealing with challenging and stressful situations. Problem solving becomes easier
- Meditation enables a higher state of alertness and consciousness
The last can often be the most surprising for us, when you first see yourself NOT explode at the sign of trouble. Phew what a relief!
It’s not how or where you meditate that matters so much, as there’s no rule, it’s a personal practice. It is consistency that makes the biggest difference. As with anything establishing a routine leads to real behavior change. They say it takes 21 days to make lasting change to a person’s behavior. And that’s where it’s often easy for sabotage creep in.
As I continue on my journey with the Gorgeous Things team by my side I will commit to 1 month of consistent daily practice in the morning, including at least once a week attending a community sit through the Zen Buddhist Centre. I will also explore other styles in more depth for readers of Gorgeous Things, to look at the foundation and benefits of each. As this experience is very personal I will also try to provide some objective perspectives on this process
It is important to find the right environment for meditation. A comfortable corner of the bedroom seated on a large floor cushion may work for some, or sitting in a chair may work for others. Eyes closed or open? Music or silence? Visualization or empty mind.
Remember Meditation practice does not need to be associated with a particular religion and it may take a while to establish the style that works best for you. Explore and try different styles. Many beginners classes are offered on a low cost, donation only basis or for free, and you may need to try a particular style a few times to establish if it is or isn’t working for you. Linking with a group may be intimidating so there are many websites and resources available that may help you start your journey.
Some I have encountered are:
These two sites are comprehensive and provide some free instructions on meditation both recorded and written.
Group sittings and resources:
Stayed tuned for Part 2 of Megan’s empowering Meditation Exploration