Meditation is one of the "woo woos" I am wholeheartedly embracing. I have never been one of those people who is good at having a "still mind." I find myself always on the go. However, unlike many of my friends or even my wonderful hubby, when I'm home alone I don't like to have music on or the TV or a podcast even. Most of the time, I relish in the silence. I have always been this way. Call it the product of being an only child in a divorced parent household where it was always just me and Dad or me and Mom. I like to think that I have always been wanting to let myself have a still mind but it wasn't until recently that I've actually let myself indulge.
I found a couple of podcasts and an app to help me get started. If you're looking for some help and ideas on how to start meditating I highly recommend the following:
Yoga and Meditation App (small fee) (Yoga and Meditation with Janet Stone)
Headspace Meditation Podcast (Free)
Simply Being ($.99 apple and android)
Here is the list I consulted when I went looking for an app.
This weekend Mr. Pi ran a 50k at the coast. I went for my own mini run in the morning, completely unplugged, mind open. Later in the afternoon I went for a leisurely walk with Zoey and at one more I found a bench and just sat down for a few minutes. I'm not sure how long I was there but it was a great meditation session. I was reminded that once again, meditation isn't about being in the same space every time with your legs crossed a certain way but rather, meditation is about being able to clear your mind and embrace the present moment.
Also along that walk with the dog I was reminded about how much I really belong at the ocean. Some people are mountain people, some people are city people, I am 100% an ocean girl. Whether it is a beach-y tropical location or an angry sea coastline, I am always calmed by the waves lapping (or crashing) on the shore and am able to find an introspection that no other place really offers. Maybe someday I'll find myself in a place where I can wake up to the sea everyday but for now I will absolutely relish in the opportunities I am able to visit.
Angry seas in the morning...
Giving way to a beautiful evening sunset...