For those of us who share 'TypeA' personality traits, it is really hard to stop and relax.
You always feel like you are wasting time or there is something else that you should be doing.
However, in not stopping, not relaxing you are often letting life and other opportunities pass you by.
Actually, practising meditation of some sort really should be an absolute priority for those of us who see ourselves as Type A as it will allow us to really achieve our full potential.
So just like anything else we do, it needs to be practised daily and to become part of our lives. If you can make this happen, you will feel and see dramatic results.
What is meditation?
Put simply, meditation is simply the act of being, of just stopping, sitting back and noticing.
There is no right or wrong way and meditation can take any form you like. Sitting on the floor, in chair, lying down, walking. It can be guided, or focused, with music or sounds or absolute quiet.
It is up to you. The only rule is that you take at least 5 minutes a day to stop, get off the merry-go-round of life and just allow yourself to be. Twice a day is ideal.
So why should I meditate?
I know for those of us who are 'type A' at first it all seems like some airy fairy, hippie, new age stuff.
However, with practice, in a very short time you will find yourself getting the hang of it and starting to feel some benefits.
I have tried it at many different times in my life but did not persist until recently. I just did not get it. Is breathing all there is to it? I was expecting something else, I don't know what, to happen. That was until I kept it up for 7 days and then I found that something was indeed happening. I found i was calmer, more focused, happier - real results!
Be prepared not to get it right away but i guarantee, once you are able to let go and just get in the flow of it, you will be amazed.
For those of us who are 'type A' the first thing you need to do is STOP and just give yourself to the practice for 10 minutes every day. I know how incredibly hard this is for people like me who are constantly moving all the time from one thing to the next, trying to satisfy yourself and do things for everyone else.
But you know what, by spending those 10 minutes a day every day, you are actually able to do a much better, easier, more focused job of everything else in your life.
Ok, so how do I go about it?
The easiest way is to use an app but make a commitment with yourself to practice every day for at least 7 days.
Pick a time when you will have quiet and no distractions - getting up earlier to spend the time is a great way to start off your day, as is last thing before bed for a more restful sleep.
What you are looking for is a beginner series of guided meditations during which you will learn how to do it.
There are loads of them and all I did was to download a few and give them a try. Find something that resonates and works for you.
There are also lots of different meditation guides on youtube too.
A couple of my favourites are
- 7 days of calm (free) on the Calm app; or
- 10 day basic pack (free) using the Headspace app.
Going for a walk and doing some yoga are also great forms of moving meditation too.
I really encourage you to give it a try today.
Leave a comment on our site to let me know how you go!
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