I (Used to) Suck at Meditating
You’ve probably noticed that many of the things I do to help keep my eyes healthy have little to do with my diet and exercise routine.
It's not just a healthy lifestyle
I also focus a lot of attention on trying to sleep better, I go to therapy weekly to help keep my anxieties low, use essential oils, have an emotional support animal, and meditate...to name a few. Besides those things, I really try hard to find the joy in every moment possible because...let’s face it, we get one life...even if it’s a life with macular degeneration.
I like to try new, healthy things that are FREE or super cheap. A few times a year, I follow a FREE 21-day meditation on an app on my phone. The next one starts again on November 4th! If you're looking for more information about easing into meditation, keep reading!
If I’m being honest, meditation was one of those things that were difficult for me to start up. Sitting quietly, relaxing my brain...not thinking, not worrying, just ‘being’ in silence for 20 minutes? Ummm, let’s just say this was not an easy thing for me to learn. I’ve recently made a few adjustments to the way I meditate in order to fit my own personality and needs. And, I am still working on getting better at it each time I do it.
As with anything else I’ve done that requires a lifestyle change, I haven’t given up! I really desire the ability to sort of shut everything off and be at peace even when things feel difficult. Especially when things feel difficult. I very much need to learn how to ‘reset’ my brain as it tends to overthink, over-worry, and over analyze things that I have no control over.
Do you feel anxious a lot? (I do) Worry? (I do) Have any form of deep sadness or depression? (I do)
Those things can keep our bodies from being able to process all of the healthy things we do for them. If you're wondering how healthy you are emotionally, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I feel a general sense of peace and happiness?
- Does my soul feel calm and happy?
Taking care of my emotional health, in order to take care of my eye health, has been more difficult for me than taking care of the health of my body through diet and exercise. It also took me much longer to realize that unhealthy minds are a huge part of our overall health and therefore important to the health of our eyes.
What is meditation?
Deepak Chopra, a well-known meditation guru of modern times, defines meditation as the process of calming the mind and an affirmation of the individual relationship to the universe.
I have found a really great FREE meditation app hosted by two very amazing people and wanted to share. If you’re wanting to give meditation a try too, but don’t know where to start, keep reading!
Free meditation app on our smartphones
Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey host my favorite meditation on their app called: Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience. Deepak Chopra is the co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and is well-known all over the world as a pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation (this is where we are on our health journey, Friends!). Most of us know who Oprah Winfrey is!
Besides meditation experiences, Deepak also has a very uplifting Instagram page, as well as short self-help video clips on YouTube created to help individuals with self-love and care. Some example titles of these videos are: "Why we have anxiety and what to do about it" and "Living the life you want." He’s very inspirational if you’re interested in checking him out.
Why this app?
I love this app for many reasons. First and foremost, a few times a year Deepak and Oprah release FREE 21-day meditation experiences! These are actually the only ones I’ve ever used and they’ve all been really fantastic! It’s also really easy to navigate and works by sound, so I don’t have much to read.
How it works
They start each day’s meditation with a little bit of discussion and inspiration and end with a quiet meditation. Since I struggle to meditate in the usual way, I have started doing walking meditations. This is a great way for me to kill THREE birds with one stone. I get in some exercise, get a little counseling, and I get some quiet meditation time. Win, win, win!
Living a healthier lifestyle
I think that, for the most part, I’ve done a pretty good job of creating a healthier lifestyle for myself.
- New diet? Check
- Taking vitamins? Check
- Exercising? Check
- Sleeping well? Working on it (I currently suck at sleeping)
- Therapy to help keep anxieties at bay? Check
- Continuing research to gain knowledge? Check
A funny meme
To end, I’d like to tell you about a meme I recently saw on Instagram. It was posted from an anxiety and well-being page that I follow and added some humor to my day today. Picture two brains standing side by side. One brain, the logical brain says, “Things are great! Let’s go drink water and not overthink things today.” The other brain, the emotional brain, replies with, “Mmm NO we need to go re-analyze that one email from November of last year and then stare in the mirror until we question our existence.”
Does macular degeneration affect your mental health?