Meditation is my Medication <3

In creating my new blog, I lost a lot of material from my old site, but there was some information that I needed to find a way to hold onto, posts that were worth re-sharing. Below you find a blog post from this past summer on medication!

My friends have yet to try with me. In fact, many of them laugh at me. When I was a kid, I laughed at it too. But meditation is the best form of therapy for me! When I was 12 years old, my mom put me in marital arts. One thing that we did at the beginning and end of every class was meditate.  Our class was right above a water damn, so we would listen to the sound of the water and just relax every part of our body and mind. My first month of being in class, some of the other young girls and I would just giggle and think it was silly. But over time, we were able to connect to out body and mind. Three years later, I was leading the meditation classes! It literally changed my life forever!

My objective is to practice 30 minutes of meditation daily, but my reality is that I don't always get this time. Some days I can only get 10 minutes, and some says I can get 45 minutes! But I make this part of my daily routine in some way so that I can center myself.  There are so many benefits that you can get out of meditating, and here are a few!

Improves your immune system
Improves memory
Reduces stress
Gives you fabulous skin...probably because there's less frowning in your life when you are less stressed
Since stress is reduced, meditation increases fat loss due to the decrease of cortisol
Regulates blood sugar levels due to again...reduction of stress!  :)
Improves sleep

I love to be out in nature, barefoot just listening to the sounds of nature, birds, insects, rain, and the ocean is my favorite! The type of meditation I practice is the practice of mindfulness which originates from Eastern Culture and is said to have commenced as a Buddhist tradition.  Mindfulness consists of one being seated with a clear mind with a focus on one's breathing. This is a type of meditation I have been practicing since I was 12 in my karate classes! The objective of this meditation is to lead one to a state of self-awareness.  In the beginning, of course thoughts will pass through your mind. And when this happens, just observe! If you think about not thinking about anything, you will most definitely think about something! So be the observer, and gently bring your attention back to the present moment. Mindfulness over time and with practice, becomes much easier with letting go of thoughts and emotions that do not serve you well.  You can begin to emit this same relaxing form of energy in your every day life and  express compassion, gratitude, and awareness of the world around you. You will feel happy most of the time in your life, and sometimes for no reason at all! You will see the world and all of its beauty that has to offer. Even just 5 minutes will make you feel amazing! Then your time will increase that you can keep your mind clear and relaxed! My meditation has taken me far, and I practice everyday to expand this mindfulness and frequency of positivity in my life.  I hope that this can help others like it did for me!! Pleasant meditating! -xoxo