I MEDITATED FOR 1000 DAYS | Long-Term Benefits of Meditation | The Simplify Your Life Podcast #55

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Hey guys! Welcome to the Simplify Your Life podcast. It’s Coach Simona and I’m glad you decided
to tune in. What’s up, guys? Today’s podcast episode is going to be a little
bit different. I want to share with you what I learned from
meditating over the past few years, but specifically what an impact meditating every single day
for 1000 days had on my mental health and self-awareness. Now, let’s jump right into the long-term benefits
of meditation. I started my meditating journey at the beginning
of 2015. First, I tried an app called Pacifica and
I liked it, but I knew it wasn’t going to do it for me in the long run. So, I decided to keep searching for an alternative. Then, I stumbled upon Headspace and decided
to give it a go. I tried to turn meditating into a daily habit,
but I struggled with it in the first few months. I saw a slight improvement in my anxiety levels,
I generally felt calmer and more aware of my breath throughout the day, but I was still
struggling to commit to it every single day. One day, I saw that Headspace had a pretty
cool feature: they were counting your so-called ‘meditative streak’. For example, if you meditate 3 days in a row,
that is a new record, and you receive a badge for it. Being the competitive person that I am, I
realized that a little gamification would definitely spice things up for me and get
me even more excited to show up every single day. I began waking up every morning excited to
meditate. Of course there were mornings I felt like
crap, but still wanted to check off the day, so I brought myself to do it nevertheless. Funnily enough, once I started meditating,
it was no longer about getting the ‘gold star.’ My mind would finally calm down and sound
like a soft buzz in the background, and I would feel my muscles relax and sink into
the bed. Unfortunately, one day, I got really sick
and I meditated a few hours after my regular schedule. There went my streak! 🙁 I was a little bit sad and a little bit mad,
but I realized that although my ambition to tick off the day was helping me meditate,
I was not meditating for the right reasons. So, I began again, with an open mind, and
most importantly: an open heart. I didn’t care whether or not I would achieve
my big goal (which at that time was 365 days straight). I meditated for a way bigger reason: to feel
more grounded, to be able to give love to others, to heal my wounds from the past, worries
about the future, and learn to enjoy the present moment. I meditated not only for myself but also for
others. If you’ve never meditated before, there’s
a chance you may find this sentence obnoxiously cheesy and annoying. But if you’re a regular meditator, you’ve
definitely experienced that wholesome feeling as if you’re not separated from others. That feeling of joy, surrender, belonging. That feeling that you’re a part of something
bigger: the Universe itself. Now, here’s what I’ve learned from 1000 days
of meditation. Meditation taught me that I’m responsible
for taking my mind too seriously or not. Every day, we have more than 90,000 thoughts. That’s A LOT! Imagine what would happen to you if you’re
thinking negatively all the time. You could literally make yourself sick, and
I’m talking from experience here. Meditation taught me how to become the silent
observer of my thoughts and tune into my body instead. It taught me how to slow down, take a few
deep breaths, and observe the sensations in my body objectively. It taught me to step back from the inner chatter
and focus on what’s happening right in front of me. Meditation taught me that my past is something
I’m never going to bring back, so there is no reason to relive it over and over again
in my mind. It taught me that my future is uncertain and
that’s okay, that’s what makes life worth living. It taught me that the present moment is all
I have and I have no reason to be afraid to immerse myself in it fully. Meditation taught me that I am exactly where
I should be right now, at this moment, and there’s no reason to resist anything. It taught me how to express my feelings in
a calm and kind way, to respect other people’s boundaries, and give unconditional love to
everything and everyone. Meditation taught me that I’m not separate
from others. It taught me that wishing someone else love,
and being kind for no particular reason were some of the biggest joys in life. It taught me that being grateful for every
breath I took made me appreciate life even more and live it with the intention to create,
serve and love. Meditation is still to this day, the best
practice I’ve ever found when it comes to calming down anxiety, becoming more aware
of racing thoughts, and helping with depression. It’s truly something that has the potential
to change your life, as long as you’re open-minded and really want to give it a fair shot. You may not start to meditate for the right
reasons or feel like a failure if you can’t do it consistently, but that’s exactly why
you need meditation in the first place: to stop such intrusive thoughts from ruining
your life; to stop defining yourself based on what you accomplish; to realize that you’re
not alone in this and there is no reason to beat yourself up if you can’t achieve a
certain result. Meditation is not about results, it’s about
presence. It’s about developing the consciousness
to realize that you are enough right now, at this moment, and you don’t need to go
anywhere else to achieve happiness. You are here, in this moment, and there will
be no moment like this ever again. So, instead of drifting off to the past or
the future, meditation helps you calm down and come back to the present moment. Meditation can be your best friend. You just need to trust the process and let
go of your judgments. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths,
and let’s begin… If you want to try out my five-minute guided
meditations, I will leave a link in the description box below and also in the cards. Happy meditating! Thank you so much for listening to this podcast
episode! If you found it helpful, please like it. And subscribe to my channel, if you don’t
want to miss out on my weekly podcast episodes. Oh, and I’m curious: Have you tried meditation? Or is that something that you’re still struggling
to do? Comment down below. I love you, guys, and I will talk to you in
the next one. Bye!

 

8 Responses

  1. Trending Topic

    June 26, 2019 8:53 pm

    Meditation has really changed my life. I also meditate every day. Everybody should meditate!!
    Excellent video 👍👍🙂

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  2. MotiveVideoBook

    June 26, 2019 9:11 pm

    I haven’t yet reached the fullest of meditation but it is a game changer. I’m currently doing it before I sleep. Not sure if it’s more powerful to do it in the morning. Though I’m not good at waken up early in the morning. 🙂

    Reply
  3. Practical Inspiration

    June 27, 2019 7:30 am

    I totally understand about the feeling you describe, the sense of being a part of something bigger. Really enjoyed this episode.

    Reply
  4. Elizabeth Lucy

    June 27, 2019 9:31 pm

    meditation is so good for the brain! I've been missing you guys on YouTube!! got some catching up to do Haha xx

    Reply
  5. Lisa777 There is a better way

    June 28, 2019 12:33 am

    Always a pleasure to stop by! Meditation has helped me so much on my healing journey!! Thanks for this share!! Hugs

    Reply

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