Part of my mission for self-improvement in 2017 is to meditate everyday when I wake up. I’ve been using the Headspace app and so far after a month I’ve definitely seen some improvement in remembering to stay present. For me, the biggest reason for starting the practice was to learn how to calm down the constant, and I mean constant chatter that drags on in my mind.
What I’ve learned after meditating daily for a month is that its essence lies in being aware; Aware of thoughts that arise, aware of your breathing, aware of how your senses, touch, tastes, sounds, smells, anything that keeps you in the present moment.
Looking back on my life, it’s crazy how often I wasn’t present for the moment. I practically lived in my head 24/7. One of the exercises Headspace recommended to carry out through the day was to be aware of any time you simply sat down. Before I started writing this post, I found an article by Benjamin Foley on mindfulness suggesting a similar practice by simply being fully present when eating a meal. Admittedly, I haven’t been very mindful whenever I take a seat and I know for a fact I’m usually distracted when eating by being on my phone. But I know like any new skill, it takes practice and patience, so with that I will keep at it every day.