I’ve been consistently meditating nearly every morning and night for a couple of months now, and although it’s not been that long I’ve already noticed some big changes in my day to day life.
I generally take between 5 and 20 minutes each time I meditate, and in all honesty I still find my thoughts wandering off all the time. Sometimes those 20 minutes become my prime thinking time! But I don’t get frustrated with myself; when I notice I’ve gone off on a thinking ramble I just come back to my breath.
So I guess that takes me to the first point
I’m less hard on myself
My auto-response to any silly mistake I made used to be ‘idiot’. If I spilled something or dropped something or forgot something, ‘idiot’ would be the first thing to come out of my mouth. Now I catch myself before I have chance, and instead smile and remember that whatever I’ve done, in the grand scheme of things, really doesn’t matter (and also doesn’t make me an idiot). Stopping the negative self talk has really helped on my journey to wholeheartedly loving myself.
I can mentally step out of a situation
When something bad happens, instead of immediately reacting emotionally, I (most of the time) find the ability to pause and not react. It’s still a work in progress of course, but I find I’m able to think more clearly about a situation rather than getting upset or angry straight away. I’m also reading a book called The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters which goes into this in more detail, it’s super interesting.
My general stress level has gone down
Being able to take a step back from a situation and react in a reasonable way certainly helps to reduce stress levels. When you’re able to not jump to conclusions, or act out of pure emotion, life generally takes a smoother path. However, another thing which I’ve found is that my connection to the universe has given me a stronger faith that everything will be OK in the end no matter what. I feel like the universe has my back, and while I’m doing my best to put out love and positive energy into the world, other things will fall into place. I trust.
I can block out noise!
Ok so this one might seem funny, but I am loving it! Basically I used to be really sensitive to noises, like certain things would really grate on me, or if I was in a really loud environment it would feel like the walls were closing in around me. But now, I can just push the noise out of my head. The horrid grind has gone! A few weeks ago I was on a coach that was making a rattling sound and my friend had to change seats because she couldn’t stand it, yet I found I was just able to ignore it. I’m assuming this has come from becoming more mindful, but whatever reason is behind it I’m very happy with it!
So those were just some things I’ve noticed in these very early stages of my journey! I’d love to hear what your experiences of meditation have been, whether you’ve been doing it for weeks or for years!