There is quite the buzz around meditation these days. More and more studies are showing that meditation can actually help to make us sharper, calmer, more able to respond to life’s challenges and can help to transform our brains for the better.
After my third experience on Survivor, I was in dire need of a brain fix. Playing Heroes vs Villains wiped me out. I was physically, mentally and spiritually bankrupt when I returned home after that game. My life had become exponentially more stressful, and I was having a hard time staying balanced and happy.
For a long time, I avoided committing to a meditation practice because I was already doing yoga, and I thought that was enough. But, after returning from Survivor the last time, I realized I needed to do something more. I needed help to regain my strength, my mental clarity and my connection to love. So I started meditating.
Beginning to meditate can seem daunting. Our minds are really wild, crazy animals that need to be trained and directed. How do we harness something that seems to have all the power??
Focusing on the breath is a great way to dip your toe into starting to meditate. Our breath can give a rhythm to pay attention to as we sit in meditation and start to calm our minds and relax our bodies.
This breath practice, called alternate nostril breathing, is a beautiful meditation for beginners. Give it a shot and see how you feel. Then try making the commitment to do this meditation every day for the next 10 days.
Watch yourself grow stronger and more able to handle stress as this becomes a regular part of your life.