Yogi Time

Its February 1st!! I honestly cannot believe it. This last month I started a year long plan to make changes every month and last month I said that I was going to start meditating everyday for 10 minutes. In the end I can say I was semi successful however the true success will come from if I can maintain it in my everyday life.

Somedays the meditation got very annoying. I felt sometimes like I was wasting my time because I had a lot to do or I was really tired so I did not want to try and meditate, I just wanted to go to bed. One thing I noticed though, was in those days I needed the meditation the most. I needed to be recentered and clear my head that way I could be the most productive that I could be.

Part of my feels that I did not do enough with this meditation, that it is still not a habit. Because of this, I am planning on continuing it a little into February. This month I am planning on doing yoga every, and with that often comes meditation. I try to do yoga often however sometimes I get lazy and just go to class instead of getting up and doing a quick yoga flow. I find though that my best days are the days where I start with yoga and a long mediation. I am in a better mood, I remember things better, and all around am just a more full person.

One of the main reasons I am adding yoga to the mix this month is because I am very busy right now, however I need to make sure I am taking time for myself. Often when I get busy with work I stop working out, and doing the things that make me happy and make me a person. This month I want to time manage my life and make sure I am able to do things for myself and for the people I love.

January was a great start to the year but I hope to continue the growth and really push myself to live my best life.

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Mid-Month Update – January

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So at the beginning of the year I said I would start meditating for at least 10 minutes a day. I can’t say that I have actually done this everyday however I have been more mindful in more moments.

When I have negative feelings, I take note of them, I breathe and then I think of something I am grateful for. Sometimes I think of the music I am listening to and how much I love to dance to music. Sometimes I think about my best friends, the people who I know I can call anytime and they will love and care for me and how much I care for them. Sometimes I think about how healthy I am, that I am happy to have two legs on my body to walk to class.

When life these last two weeks has felt a little overwhelming, I stop, I breathe, and I think of how amazing it is that I am here right in this moment. How happy I am with the person I have become and how I would never change what has happened for anything, because I would not be here, in this moment, right now.

Just the idea of mediation, of being more mindful in the moment, has changed my life and my attitude drastically. I don’t want to complain, I want to be happy, and I want to make other people feel happy and loved.

I’ve reflected a lot on what I think I want to do with my career. I don’t know what my dream job is, honestly I could probably do most things and be happy, but I’ve learned the way I want to live my life. I want to live with love and to live for love. I want to care for the people around me first, I want to help them achieve their dreams, I want them to be happy.

These last two weeks has showed me the depth of empathy. There is so much happiness to be felt when the people around you are happy and there is so much love to be given when they aren’t.

I hope you take a second now to breathe deep and think about what really matters in your life. Is what you want in life really what is important and what you need? Are your relationships deep and strong or are they shallow and fleeting? Is what you’re doing with your life your passion, or are you purely living the life you were told to live?

I hope I was able to entertain you with this story and I hope you take it to heart and look deep within.

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Best Apps for Meditation

This month, I am really focusing on trying to meditate at least once a day and hopefully twice a day. Normally I do just meditate in silence however there are sometimes that I am just a little more wound up and need a guide to help me and keep me on track.

Below is a list of the best meditation apps that I have found and some of their pros and cons. Unfortunately not a whole lot in this world is free therefore all of these apps do have a subscription cost but they do also have some free content!

Simple Habit: First this app is free in the app store! This app is very simple if you are just looking for 5-10 minute guided meditations that are easy to find. There is a premium plan which unlocks even more guided meditations however I’ve just been using free ones and have really enjoyed it! Very simple and efficient way to meditate.  

10% Happier: Free, however does have a premium plan that you have to pay for. They start off with 8 free sessions so if you’re looking for simple meditation where you just do the same thing over and over then this might be the app for you! The premium plan provides a coach and various other training sessions and videos that help you really dive into how you meditate and help you stick with it.

Headspace: This app is free in the app store however has very little free content to use without a subscription. At first it give you three free meditations and then after that you only get one free one a day. If you’re open to paying for it maybe look into it more, however it doesn’t seem to contain that much content in general.

I hope one of these apps can give you the inspiration to start meditating more often. Personally for me meditation has been a great way to help ease my anxiety and has greatly improved my sleep. Also if you are looking for free guided meditations check out YouTube! I’ve sound some great content on there that is always “free” after ads. I hope this helped and good luck with your meditation journey!

 

New Year, New Me?

Welp tomorrow is the day! It will officially be the day to start the one year journey. The year of 2018. The year to fall back in love with living.

Let’s be honest, last year was a fucking scooter to the ankle. There were a lot of lows, a lot of losses were taken, and of course, we all have problems. We all have bad years, but I lost myself this year. In reality, maybe I never really knew who I was and that I finally just stopped pretending to be someone I’m not.

Because of this, I need to make a change and you’ve never going to make a change if you keep doing the same old things. So, I’ve decided this year, the year of 2018 will be the year of change. Each month I’ll focus on something different, either to add or change something in my life. I kind of got the idea from a book called The Happiness Project which if you haven’t read, I very much recommend. But I am hoping to document my journey on this blog! Part of me hopes no one will ever read this cause frankly I don’t want to be judged and when you post on the internet you’ve just asking for it, although I hope some people might find this blog and try to change their lives with me!

The first month, being January, I am going to start with a ten minute meditation everyday. I’ve always tried to get into the habit of meditating everyday however never really created the habit. Tomorrow I will start the morning with a 10 minute meditation and hopefully before I go to sleep do another 10 minute meditation.

Every week I’ll post a weekly update to let you know my progress! I hope that my journey can inspire others to cut the crap and start living their best lives.

Photo Featured: The Grand Canyon because what says new beginnings more than the endless vastness of The Grand Canyon