It has been a while since I touched upon the topic of meditation and its benefits. With so much going on, it’s a topic that’s worth revisiting.
For the past 6 months, my life has been overwhelmed by work, social distancing protocols to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, and numerous other current events that affect my daily life. I tend to find myself constantly exhausted lately, between work and work commutes and trying to keep up with personal aspects of my life. In fact, the book that I had been working on almost got lost in the mix of my daily grind, and just recently, I have gotten back into finishing up my final draft of it. In short, I had lost focus in my life.
It was a co-worker who reminded me of the benefits of meditation. This particular co-worker happens to be a wellness enthusiast, in ways that make me almost look like an amateur. She is a yoga enthusiast, an active vegetarian, and, like myself, a firm believer in meditation. She encouraged me to take time to meditate on a daily basis, and thankfully, I was no stranger to meditating.
Starting two weeks ago, during my 15 minute breaks, I’d use 10 of those minutes meditating to my favorite instrumental track for relaxing. Breathing in and out, slowly, focusing my energy on my diaphragm, sometimes closing my eyes, other times focusing on a single spot in the room, like an empty chair, or a tile on the floor. At the end of these meditations, I’d feel balanced and renewed, as if I had just taken a 1-hour rest.
Coincidentally, I had started blending fruit smoothies at work, consisting of basic ingredients, such as bananas or crushed pineapple, adding a fruit nectar such as guava or soursop. The increased plant-based nutrition seems to have a positive effect on my body, which makes the meditation more effective.
Meditation is meant as a way to rejuvenate the mind and body, and if the nutrition intake is healthy, the body is able to benefit more from the rejuvenation.
If mental and emotional stress have been taking a toll on you in this time, take my experience into mind and get into meditation. And don’t forget to take positive steps in your nutrition as well.