It’s silly to say that meditation is a work out, but once you experience a meditation session you understand how exercise for your mind is just as important as a physical workout.
This March for the 12 Workouts in 12 Months challenge I tried meditation. The first time was at the Sedona Yoga Festival, and then several more times afterward because I was enjoyed it so much. And each time the instructor lead a guided meditation, the form in which they presented it was different.
The similarities are breathing exercises, where you mind can focus on breath instead of the random thoughts that constantly flood your brain. In Sedona, the instructors also incorporated a vision to manifest, a dream or a goal that you want to achieve. Envisioning yourself with it and already having possessing the dream you want. They also guided us to see a white and goal light around yourself growing bigger and bigger until it took up all empty space around you. it was a magical experience and I felt indescribably amazing afterward.
When I meditated on the beach it was concentrating on breath flowing through every inch of your body, inhaling up and exhaling back down your body the same way. It’s relaxing and rejuvenating to give your mind a break from thinking and only concentrate on the most pure human action, breathing.
Since being introduced to meditation I have actively sought out opportunities to join group meditation. I have not yet meditated on my own, but that will come. I want to learn more techniques first. Sundays at the House of Yogi in Point Loma (San Diego) they offer a free mediation and dharma class, one I plan to frequent as often as possible. Mondays at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga in North Park (San Diego) they also offer a free meditation class for beginners. If you’re in the San Diego area, I would suggest starting with one of these free guided meditation classes.
It should be noted that I before this month I was not interested in meditation. I feared being alone with my mind because I thought it would be boring and I wouldn’t be able to silence the noise in my head. How wrong I was! Meditation is a release for me, a way to center my soul and align my thoughts and beliefs with the goals I have set for myself. It’s truly amazing and I hope everyone gives it a chance at least once!