Finding My Own Daily Meditation Routine
Two weeks ago I had an Akashic Reading…you can hear more about that experience in this podcast episode. It was a very unique and awakening moment for me, a moment that has led me down yet another path of curiosity and spirituality. And from that reading and experience, I was inspired to start my own daily meditation routine. I’ve thought about meditating for YEARS and I’ve even given it a try a few times but then quickly said, “I can’t do this…I can’t turn off my mind….I have too many things going on….this mind never shuts off, etc. etc.etc.” But when I think about the people I respect most in this world, the people who are the most level-headed people I know, the people who think outside their own thoughts and beliefs…it always seems to come back to one similarity – they meditate. These friends sit in silence, letting the thoughts come in and out as they center themselves, and they have learned to be PRESENT. After my Akashic Reading, I decided it was time. It was time to leave my ego behind, leave behind the “I can’t” and make my mind more of a priority. So the day after the Akashic Reading, I started! And I haven’t stopped since!
Now let’s be clear here…it’s been just over a week. Am I giving myself too much credit? Absolutely. But 11 days straight of meditating then journaling is the most I’ve ever meditated. I even go to bed excited to wake up to meditate each morning. How weird is that? I guess that’s what happens when you cut out coffee…you learn to enjoy the other things in the morning light. But truly, every day I wake up, I share something on instagram stories that feels inspiring to me, I mask my skin up, then I head into the other room to meditate, and I finish things off with a page of journaling. So today I thought I would share what that all looks like since I noticed from my instagram messages that people feel a bit lost with meditation. And I totally get that. But I’m here to tell you that I’m absolutely no expert and I’ve (somewhat) figured it out on my own in 11 days. It’s not always perfect, my mind wanders over and over and over, but it’s given me a new sense of peace, gratitude, and excitement for each day. And I hope it does for you, too!
There are TONS of guided meditation apps out there and they may be quite helpful for you, but for me, they are too distracting. So don’t expect a guided meditation recommend from this bitch. I went in blind and simply started meditating without any guidance. Do I know what I’m doing? Of course not. But luckily meditation is pretty simple. It’s all about being present and trying to clear the mind by bringing it back to that present moment instead of the past or future. We think a bazillion thoughts a day so it can feel pretty daunting or at least impossible to shut it off, but it IS possible. And once you figure that out, it’s pretty enlightening.
So here’s what I like to do – I wake up in the morning, I wash my face, I use my LED mask, then I head into our guest bedroom that is in front of a window where the sun in rising. I put a pillow underneath my butt and put my feet out in front of me because that feels most comfortable. I then put my headphones in and I turn to Kev Thompson to listen to Solfeggio Frequencies. He has a ton and there are other artists to choose from, as well. These frequencies sound pretty similar to what you would hear in a spa. Once I turn the frequencies on, I close my eyes and I start to practice deep breathing. I’ll take a long breath in through my nose, hold it in for a couple seconds, then slowly breathe out through my mouth. Groundbreaking, huh? I’ll repeat this because it helps me stay present – whenever my mind starts to drift, I bring it back to my breathing. If I feel like I’m more centered and present, I won’t concentrate as much on the breathing and I’ll just simply sit there.
Through my first few times of meditating, I would set a timer. I started at 7 minutes, then 10 minutes for a few days, then I went to 15 minutes. But instead of setting a timer, I would just look at how long each song was so I would know how many minutes had gone by after 2-3 songs. Today I bumped it to 20 minutes and really enjoyed it! The mind will wander all over the place, but that doesn’t mean you’re failing. It just means you need to be aware and bring it back to the present moment. It doesn’t mean you can’t, ok? It’s time to stop saying that and starting working at something you don’t feel good at. While I sit with my eyes closed during meditation, I like to concentrate on the space between my eyes. I don’t know why, but it helps me stay present in that moment, feel how my body feels in that space, and I’ll also see some shapes and different colors throughout.
At the end of my meditation, I speak to my spirit guides. This is a very personal choice that I’ve taken on as I embark on my own spiritual journey. I’ll thank them for being there, for helping guide me, and I’ll ask them to send me signs that they are present. I’m not saying you should be doing this whatsoever, it’s just something I like to do to end my meditation, before I open my eyes. Sometimes I also enjoy holding crystals while I meditate. Another thing you definitely don’t need to do, but since crystals hold energy and I’m trying to tap into that energy more and more these days, I dig it sometimes! Then once I finish, I’ll begin journaling. A friend shared her experience with morning journaling and I thought it sounded lovely. So as soon as I finish meditating, I open my journal and I write down my thoughts. Sometimes it has to do with what happened the day before, sometimes I write down my dreams, other times I write down things I saw while meditating. It’s simply journaling, there is no right or wrong. And at the end of my full page of thoughts, I write down 3 things that I am grateful for. It changes every day and I’m constantly finding new things to write down depending what happened that week.
When you tell someone to sit and do nothing and think about nothing, that can feel incredibly challenging. We’ve been trained and conditioned from childhood to stay busy, work hard, and never stop. It’s become a competition to see how hard someone can work without needing rest. So when you tell someone to take time out of their day to think about absolutely nothing, it can sometimes feel like you’re asking a person to be lazy. I say this because YOU might be the person who feels that way. And I was, too. But through this short meditation experience so far, I’m finding that this time I give for myself each morning is actually making me a better person. The more I sit in this silence, the more I try to clear my brain of the clutter, the more I see the beauty in every day life. This could also have to do with my own spirituality journey, but I’m noticing the good in people more. I’m noticing the beauty in nature more. And I’m feeling more compassionate, more empathic, and more connected to the other human beings around me. It’s been 11 days of meditating so far and I already feel like a newer version of myself…I can’t wait to see what 11 YEARS feels like!
I hope my own simple experience helps you. I know that before I started this, I felt like meditating wasn’t something I could do, but the truth was…I didn’t make it a priority. Now I’m doing exactly that and I can’t wait to see how I evolve as a human throughout. You can do it, too. I just know it!
Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.
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