After dinner and drinks with a college buddy of mine and all of his brilliant friends dominating the start-up world, I was inspired to begin my meditation practice. Seems like an ordinary inspirational experience, no? Nothing like a tall glass of Blue Moon and a Chicken Caesar wrap to spike the urge to become center.
During dinner, the group was discussing their meditation practice and I was quickly intrigued. I’ve been telling myself for months that I should really learn how to meditate. But after failing to get through Michael A. Singer’s book, “The Untethered Soul”, I was quickly convinced that it just wasn’t for me. My mind would drift every few paragraphs only allowing me to get to chapter 5 titled “Infinite Energy” after a whole 4 months. I began to think that this journey was infinite and that even I didn’t have the energy to understand it. After each page, I would question if I actually processed any of the information and would begin to get lost in my mind trying to comprehend it all. So I started highlighting, underlining and making notes hoping that it would push me to focus. But all of those things turned into doodles and distractions from internalizing the actual content.
Luckily for me, the group at dinner introduced me to the Calm app which teaches beginners like me, the art of meditation. After my first practice with Calm, I was surprised that meditation is a lot like yoga and that the two are so closely tied together. My preconceptions of meditation caused me to believe that I was so far from being “that kind of person”. When little did I know that I’ve been her all along.
This app has allowed me to feel like meditation is something achievable, even for a constant over-thinker like myself. It’s also taught me that one of the reasons why I haven’t been able to succeed in the past is in part due to the judgement I placed on myself for not mastering it right away. But in order to own your practice, it takes time, commitment, openness, and understanding. I am beginning my journey to self-awareness and I am beyond excited to share it with you all. I hope that you will join me so together we can become more present in the moment and forgiving to both ourselves and to others.
I was convinced that practicing mediation just wasn’t for me, but with a little guidance from almost strangers- I’m on my path to finding “Calm”. Shout out to Alex Klokus for offering to be my Meditation Accountability (my MA for short). If you need a MA of your own, please send me a message and I would be more than halpy to help keep you motivated! The app also allows you to commit to different programs and set reminders and alarms which really encourages you take accountability.