In 2015 I attended a meditation workshop in San Francisco. I had always wanted to better understand meditation. Up until that point I believed mediation was about completely clearing your mind and not thinking about anything. Through this workshop I learned that it is actually about paying attention to the thoughts that are coming in and out of your mind.
The key is not to have any judgments on these thoughts. Meditation is a positive and peaceful practice but it does not mean that your thoughts always are. Especially handling some of the unexpected situations in entrepreneurship it is key to acknowledge these thoughts.
It helps to ease your mind so that you can give back to others throughout your day. This has been truly beneficial in my daily work and personal life.
In 2017 I started suffering from burnout which lead me to taking much needed time off. It was during this time where I was able to make meditation a habit. Each day I focused on having the Perfect Day and what that looked like for me. Throughout this time I experimented with different mindful practices. The main practices that have stuck with me are starting my day with guided meditation, journaling and getting out into nature. Once returning to work I continued these practices and started to also meditate after work to decompress. I have found that it allows me to give more throughout my day because I start and end my day giving back to myself.
I found myself drawn to guided meditation as you could pick various themes. If you would like to focus more on success, relaxation, relationships, visualizations there is a guided mediation for all of these interests and more. It also allows you to deepen your practice if you are new to mediation. In the beginning I found I was only only to meditate silently for 5 to 10 minutes. However with a guided meditation I can sit for closer to 45 minutes. Now because of this I can now meditate silently for closer to 15 to 20 minutes.
Guided meditation is a great way to start mediation for beginners. If you are new to the process a guided meditation is a wonderful way to start. Especially if you find that your mind is racing, before and after work, this is a great practice to start.
The guided meditation I have created for you is based on the Perfect Day theme. The visualizations shared are meant to give you inspiration on what the perfect day could look like for you. I would invite you try out the Perfect Day meditation to gain the many benefits of this practice.