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You Need To Meditate

I’ve been doing yoga and meditation for a decade now, so you could say that I’ve taught my fair share of meditation to all levels of practitioners. 

My retreat center draws in yogis, surfers, and travelers from around the world. So, I thought: maybe I should write a post on meditations for travelers. And then I thought, no, maybe it should be on meditation for surfers. But then I realized, no, mediation for EVERYONE is the real goal. 

Because, regardless of who you are, where you live, what you do, I can promise you that you need to meditate. I’m usually not a big fan of blanket statements, but I do think this is one that is just….true. 

This post will share exactly what meditation is, how you can approach it, and why it will benefit your life on a physical, mental, and emotional level. 

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You Need to Meditate

You Need To Meditate

Look, I’m not saying meditation will cure you of your problems, your ailments, or your mental health issues. What I am saying is that it’s an incredibly powerful tool to keep in your tool box in working through life’s issues.

What Is Meditation

One thing about meditation that seems to be the most off-putting for people is the name alone. It sounds so serious, doesn’t it?

Calling the practice meditation typically brings the image to mind of a woman dressed in white, sitting perfectly straight, in full Lotus Pose, on a pristine meditation cushion- heck, she might even be levitating off the ground! 

Yeah, that’s how a lot of people think of meditation. Like you have to be “spiritual” to do it, or you have to have a certain belief system to do it. When the truth is, meditation is for everyone! And there’s so many ways you can do it. 

Meditation is simply the practice of getting present, dropping into a flow state with your movements or your breath, and trying to tap into your higher self (or god, depending on your beliefs). 

How To Meditate

Contrary to popular belief, mediation can be done in many ways. You don’t have to be perfectly still in order to meditate. You don’t have to be sitting up. You don’t have to wear something specific, or use certain chakra stones. 

You just have to….be.

Learn more about the art of doing nothing HERE.

Box Breath:

If you’re new to meditation, a great way to start is to sit still with your breath for a dedicated period of time.

I like to teach newbies with box breath, as I find it really grounded and easy to follow. 

That just means you’ll inhale for the count of 3, hold for a count of 3, exhale for count of 3, hold for count of 3, repeat. You can always increase the count as your lung capacity builds. 

Yoga

Yoga is a well known moving meditation, because it works. Simple as that. There’s something hypnotic about syncing your breath to your movement that allows you to get get full present with your body, helping to pull you out of your ‘monkey mind.’

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Movement:

It’s no secret that yoga is a moving meditation.But it’s not the only moving meditation out there.Surfing, dancing, painting, singing, running…the list goes on and on.  

Although these are all quite different activities from one another, the reason they overlap in this area is that you’re really able to tap into a flow state within them. Which is something that many activities, sports, and creative expressions provide.

Learn more about moving meditation HERE.

Journaling:

Similar to movement, writing can provide a flow state experience. Journaling is another quiet, introspective activity where energy can come through us, rather than stay stuck inside. Whether you read what you write after, or if your writing even makes sense- simply carve out time to be with yourself in this intentional way. 

If you’re new to journaling, I can’t recommend The 5 Minute Journal enough. I’ve been using it for years now as a part of my morning routine, and it’s changed my life. 

Check out the importance of morning routines HERE.

Gratitude:

This is one of my favorite practices, in part because it’s so dang simple. And in part, because it just works. 

Like I previously mentioned, I like to use the 5 Minute Journal, but you can also just write in the Notes section of your phone, record a voice note, or share it aloud with those around you. 

Regardless of how you do it, the important thing is that you really tune into how it feels, like REALLY FEELS, to be grateful- even for the smallest things. 

Prayer:

Many religious folks I’ve talked to think that meditation goes against their religion, when, in fact, your version of prayer can be meditation! The way you speak to your god can be your meditation time. 

Think about it, how do you pray? Usually in a quiet place, it’s quite personal, it evokes introspection and peace and warmth. Boom, you’re meditating. 

You Need to Meditate

Benefits Of Meditation

Now that you know about all of the ways you can mediate, let’s talk about the benefits of meditation. Because, if you haven’t been sold already on this practice, this will definitely get you stoked to give it a try. 

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Lowers Stress

The number one reason to meditate is all about lowering stress. Most of us have stressful lives to one degree or another. And remember, even “good” stress (like physical exercise) is still stress. 

Meditation serves as a time to recharge, restore, and reduce stress in order to improve your overall health and wellness. 

Learn other ways I lowered stress and inflammation HERE.

Time For Introspection

Even if you’re the most extroverted person in the world, you still need time for introspection. Introspection time can be like your own little strategy session with yourself, or your personal therapy within. Use this as an opportunity to simply get to know yourself better on a personal level.

More Observation

The more you meditate, the better you’ll get at observing without judgment. You’re simply working on noticing…noticing the thoughts that come up, noticing the disruptions in your breath, noticing your patterns. 

Rather than judging them, or trying to change them, you’re just noticing. And this can help you carry this observation practice into the rest of your life. 

Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about noticing what’s happening without judging it. You’re simply working on becoming more aware. And meditation is a great gateway to the mindfulness practice, as you take this introspective time alone to observe yourself. 

Responding Versus Reacting

The stronger our mindfulness practice becomes, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to respond versus react. Meditation is all about creating a pause in the busyness of our lives, and that pause is something that can be carried with us into our relationships and interactions, as well.

Increased Sense Of Calm

Lowering stress will certainly help to increase your sense of calm throughout the day. Mediation provides the tools for you to tap into that sense of calm, even with the chaos of your busy work week, or dealing with screaming toddlers. 

You Need to Meditate

Regulated Nervous System

Meditation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which means we’re able to “rest and digest,” rather than be in “fight or flight.” Regulating your nervous system can help to lower stress, reduce anxiety, and lower inflammation. 

Learn more about regulating your nervous system HERE.

Self Care

Meditation is an act of self care…like a little love note to yourself say: Thank you. I love you. Plus, it’s simple and free, and doesn’t require this extravagant effort. 

Learn more about free self care tips HERE.

Lowered Anxiety

Because you’re lowering stress, increasing calm, and regulating your nervous system, you’re likely to experience lower anxiety. Don’t get me wrong, meditation won’t necessarily take the place of your anxiety meditation, or be a one-stop solution- but it’s certainly a great tool to keep in your tool belt when you’re experiencing high anxiety.

Connection To Breath

There is something incredibly grounding about connecting to your breath. Plus, controlled belly breaths also helps to bring us into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is a bonus! Remember, you can connect to your breath in both still and moving meditations. 

Better Sleep

It’s not surprising that your sleep will improve given the nervous system regulation, increased calm, and lower stress, right? Meditation is a great practice to do before bed in order to improve your sleep quality. 

Learn more on how to improve your sleep quality HERE.

Increased Focus

With a calmer body and mind, and better sleep often comes increased focus and energy. Although meditation is typically a soothing activity, it can still provide focus and energy as a side effect, because you just allowed yourself to recharge.

As you prepare to dive into your meditation journey, remember that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. You can do it traditionally on a meditation cushion in full Lotus Pose, or you can drop into a flow state while you paint a masterpiece. 

The point is for you carve out time to be with yourself- body, mind and heart- in an intentional and loving way. 

You Need to Meditate

Happy meditating, friends!

xx, 

K

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