Almost two years ago I decided to leave my corporate job and start City Luxe Style. As sure as I was that I was doing the right thing by leaving a job that was no longer a good fit for me, I started feeling a lot of anxiety and uncertainty about the future. One day I was talking to a friend and she mentioned that meditation might help reduce some of the stress and feelings of uncertainty that I was experiencing. I knew that I needed something to refocus my energy so I started doing some research and was introduced by a family member to a spiritual teacher named Gabrielle Bernstein. Gabby is a thought leader in spirituality, a New York Times best seller and an overall badass when it comes to business. Her messages about the power of positive thinking and trusting in the universe really resonated with me and she got me thinking about spirituality in ways that I have never really thought of before. Part of what she teaches is the importance of meditation to quiet the mind and refocus your energy away from fearful thoughts and towards positive thoughts to help shape your life. If you think about it, we live in such a risk-adverse fear based society and you really have to train your mind not to think that way. Life is constantly throwing us curve balls and disappointments so staying in this positive state really is a practice. For some people it comes easier than others, but that is why meditation is so important because it helps to bring you back into that positive frame of mind.
I have to admit that at first I was really frustrated with meditation. I would fidget, watch the clock and think it was pointless because it seemed impossible for my mind not to wander onto a million other thoughts like what I want for dinner or something I need to do for the blog. That's why I have recently turned to guided meditations because they help keep me focused and have a clear beginning and end. I try to meditate for at least 5 minutes a day either before bed or soon after I get up in the morning. I find that it helps with stress and keeps me more focused on my dreams and goals. I am still a work in progress when it comes to meditation, but I will tell you that taking just five minutes a day really does change the way I feel and I am always glad that I did it. If you are interested in starting a practice or if you are like me and have had trouble meditating in the past, I have linked some of my favorite resources and tips below.
- You can do it at any time of the day, but I find that meditating at the start of the day really sets the tone and gets you into a peaceful, positive mindset
- Find a quite space and a comfortable chair ( you don't need to be sitting indian style on the floor). I like to put earbuds in to cancel out all of the noise outside my apartment.
- If you have trouble concentrating, use guided meditations (see resources below)
- Guided meditations: Gabrielle Bernstein May Cause Miracles Guided Meditation Albumn (available on i-tunes), Jordan Bach Bedtime Mantras
- Books: The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein, You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
- Websites: GabbyBernstein.com, TheBachBook.com , TonyRobbins.com