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Mindfulness: How I Got Started with Meditation

Karol T.
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Mindfulness: How I Got Started with Meditation

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Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. ~Buddha

In 2010 I decided to give meditation a try. It felt so hard. It felt like an impossible thing to do. I wasn’t able to sit quiet not even for one single minute. My mind was my bully.

Today, after almost 3 years, I am happy to say that I meditate every single day (3 times a day for a total of 90 minutes) and I love every minute of it…

When I first decided to give meditation a try, I didn’t even know what to expect nor what was required from my part. Looking back, I really can’t believe how much I used to struggle with it.

I didn’t have anyone around me who was meditating. I didn’t have anyone to ask what to do, how to do it and whether what I was doing was right or wrong.

Not having other people to share my questions and concerns with, made the whole experience a bit more challenging and it took me a bit longer to get good at it.

Back home, a lot of people think meditation is only practiced by weird people and I had moments when I thought that maybe they are right. Maybe meditation is weird, maybe I am weird (there are still plenty of people who think I am weird but I am having so much fun being “weird” that I really don’t mind them talking about me) and maybe I should just give up.

Happy I didn’t. I kept insisting and I kept practicing it.

I remember how badly I used to struggle with making it happen and it was mostly because off all the noise that my mind was making.

Come on! You’re not going to do it.

Just give up. It’s impossible.

And why do you want to meditate in the first place?

You’re too busy to meditate.

Get up and get busy. Don’t waste time…

Meditation is for lazy people, people who are too scared to face reality. people who live in lala land.

Do you want people to make fun of you, to call you weird?

Give up and go do something productive with your time.

Like I said, my mind wouldn’t shut up :)

I don’t remember exactly WHY I wanted to start meditating, but I think it was because I wanted to silent my mind a bit.

When there is no peace in the mind, you feel helpless and exhausted. All that noise is making you feel so tired.

Anyway, even though I felt a lot of resistance and even though it felt like I wasn’t really advancing with my meditation practice at all, I kept trying and trying.

In the beginning I tried doing it on my own, no guidance, no background music, no nothing. Just me, myself and I.

As I kept practicing, I started getting better and better at it.

Quieting my mind for 5 minutes felt like a miracle to me. As time went by, I managed to go from 5 minutes to 10 minutes and from 10 minutes to 15 and eventually I got to 30 minutes of silence.

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. ~Deepak Chopra

Depending on how loud your mind is and depending on how much noise it makes, it will take you less or more time to advance with your meditation practice.

Later on I started doing guided meditation and I have to confess that I really, really love it.

I came to Malaysia at the end of August 2011 (I am working for this amazing company called Mindvalley as a Product Development Creative Lead) and I have to admit that here is where I took my meditation practice to a whole new level.

Not necessary because I did something different, but because I was surrounded by other people who were meditating. It felt like home :)

For me, meditation is one of the best things ever. It is a tool you can use to nurture your mind, body and soul and to also attract amazing things in your life.

At the moment I am in love with Kelly Howell’s meditations. I love this woman and I love how powerful, deep and beautiful her meditations are.

In the morning I am doing Retrieve Your Destiny Meditation and before going to bed, The Secret Universal Mind Meditation. The meditation I do in the afternoon changes every time (Wayne Dyer – Getting in the Gap, Vishen Lakhiani – 6 Phase Meditation (you can find it on omvana app), Doreen Virtue, etc.

I love to meditate and I love all the wonderful feelings that come from meditating. Also, the amazing things, people and experiences I keep attracting in my life because of it. I want you to benefit from it as much as I do, and together we will make sure to make this happen :)

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