I will try to meditate.

I am interested for a while now in meditation because I can relax very pourly. But because relaxing and unwinding is so important for my body, and mind, ( it is for everybody, but I mean with my pour health)I wanted to try it. But you know how it goes, months go by and not once I started meditating. But for a couple of weeks ago I was so very stressed that I thought: enough is enough! Let’s start unwinding!

Meditation is still not very well known to everyone in the Western world. If you ask some random people on the street whether they ever meditate, the majority will indicate that they havn’t and some will even look surprised too. Because meditation is for alternative people who live in their own world isn’t that so? It’s not, meditation seems to be very relaxing and can work redemtive for everyone. There seems to be no exceptions. Well, I am ready to try!starting meditation

What is actually meditate?

Meditating means according to Wikipedia: concentrate on his inner deep thought. Other defenitions are: concentrating exercise with the aim to understand and strenghten the spirit, and concentrate on the breathing, on a particular object or chanting mantras. Well I skip the chanting mantra thing!unwinding with meditation

Do it your own way.

Meditation is something that can’t be captured in one sentence. For one meditation can mean you sit in one position for half an hour in a peaceful area on a meditation cushion with some music turned in yourself. For the other it’s to shut the world outside for a while with closed eyes and to let your mind run free, or to try to not think anything at all. But you can also meditate while walking through nature. Have no idea on how to do that! The agreement between all forms is that you turn to yourself and become aware of yourself.meditation cuchin

Important parts of meditation.

Breathing is the most important part of meditating. Anyone who is not familiar with meditation, like me, will be consciously busy in the first period with regulation of breathing. And you know that breathing is a problem for me. Because of our busy lifes we are not used to having an extremely calm and deep breathing. This is during meditation so, to be able to get to utmost tranquility. I think it will take a while with me.

Except for breathing, your posture is just as important. With a bent back and collapsed organs you can’t get the best out of yourself. Therfore straighten your back as far as possible by pressing your chest forward and take a pleasant sitting position. This could be cross-legged but it can also be a lying position on your back. Your organs are now free to work well so you can breathe good.relax with meditation

A meditation environment.

Rest is the meditation’s thread. Without a quiet environment you cannot meditate and you will not get calm. Therefore plan a moment of the day with plenty of time. It doesn’t matter if it is in the morning or in the evening. Soothing music can work but total silence is also very nice, I love the silence. You can better focus on your own thoughts I think. If you choose for the sitting position, the bare ground is not a pleasant place. A nice solution is a meditation cushion c/o that is specially designed to be comfortable while meditating. The cuchion conforms to your posture and in most cases you can fill the cushion or retrieval so that you can determine the desired height yourself. Ideal!

If you like scents, lavender and sacred wood can provide for a calming or soothing effect. You can light a candle or heat a few drops of essential oil. If you feel cold quickly, like me, it is advisable to bring the room to a temperature or to use a Yoga blanket for extra warmth. That time you sit still, your body cools off easily by a few degrees. Not every meditation is equal. Try to hold on ten minutes in the beginning and slowly build up to half an hour.meditation gear

Handy apps.

We live in a modern era, so for everything is an app. It makes sence that te first time you have no idea how to start, how long your sessions must last or what your goal is. Through apps, Smiling Mind, Stop Breathe and Think Buddhify(It is paid and cost €5)you get the guidance you need and you can choose varietes of meditation to try.

The power of repetition.

At first it may feel uncomfortable to you. You could get the feeling that you’re impatient, it is not for you because you can’t sit still or you can percieve it as confrontational. As with many things in life, repetition is important to discover your way of meditating. After a few times you will discover what position you like best, how to breathe and what kind of setting works for you. Do not give up on yourself, but allow your body and mind to adjust to your new way of relaxing.castor and meditation

This is what Lisanne of SuperYoga told me about meditation. I will have a stopwatch beside me otherwise I think I will look at my phone every minute. And I think I will start with five minutes. I actually look forward to start meditating. I will keep you all informed!

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  1. April 18, 2017 / 3:40 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Nancy! I have a hard time “turning off” my brain, and even my relaxing activities can be too stimulating and make me feel overwhelmed. I’ve been thinking about meditation as a form of relaxation and calming my busy mind. You’re right that it’s seen as an “alternative” form of practice here when really it seems essential to our sanity and well-being.


    • April 18, 2017 / 9:02 am

      I think so too! I also have trouble with relaxing, there is always the Social media, always mail etc. That is nog good. We need to clear our head sometimes. I am starting next week after I had a small break!

  2. April 18, 2017 / 4:54 am

    I think I’ve gotten better at letting go, the older I get!
    I remember in one step class about 30 years ago, the instructor was talking about meditating…and all I could think about was what I was going to have for dinner—ha ha!
    Thanks for this post!
    FYI–I haven’t been getting your newsletters lately–so I signed up again!

    • April 18, 2017 / 9:04 am

      Ah thank you Jodie! I know what you mean, I had that before too but now I really want to clear my head, I think now I believe more in the power of meditating.

  3. April 18, 2017 / 6:51 am

    Wat een leuke post. Weer eens iets anders Nancy! De legging staat je heel leuk en comfi! En wat grappig dat de kat ‘mee mediteert! ‘

  4. April 18, 2017 / 10:25 am

    I really love this post, Nancy! It’s not easy to turn off as I have so much to do and I’m always thinking ahead, which makes meditation more difficult. However, your post has made me more conscious that I should take time out!
    xo Yvonne

    • April 18, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      I think I will have a hard time too, but I start with five minutes! That I should be able to!

  5. April 18, 2017 / 11:21 am

    You look wonderful and beautiful in this situation! Meditation is a very important act for our life, and it seems to you that it works very well.

    • April 18, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      I havn t tried it yet! Haha, I will start next week.

    • April 18, 2017 / 1:01 pm

      Give it a try!

  6. April 18, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Ik heb het ook geprobeerd, maar het is niets voor mij. Innerlijke rust is ver te zoeken, dus ik probeer het met andere dingen op te lossen. Soms best lastig. Goed dat je er mee begint! Liefs, Josine

    • April 18, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Ik vond t ook jaren niks, misschien straks nog steeds niet. Je moet er wel aan toe zijn!

  7. April 19, 2017 / 6:22 am

    Just reading this post and seeing your peaceful expressions melted some of my stress away. Thank you for the reminder that we need to take care of our bodies, minds, and spirits – and meditation is an excellent way. On a more “mundane” topic, I love those camo leggings. You look adorable, Nancy – and calm!
    xo, janea

    • April 19, 2017 / 6:33 am

      Thank you! Stress is so very bad

    • April 19, 2017 / 6:34 am

      Sorry, four or body. And we all are to busy. So I an going to start next week with meditation!

  8. April 19, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Ik deed vroeger veel meer aan meditatie! Die draad weer eens oppikken! Leuke outfit heb je aan!

    • April 19, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Dankje! Ja? Vond je het fijn? Hielp het echt om te ontspannen? Ik begin volgende week, ik ben benieuwd!

  9. April 19, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    I tried giving meditation a go but I really struggled to ‘turn off’ my brain. I always find it difficult to unwind. There are too many things on my mind.

    Your post inspired me to try meditation another go. I need to download one of those apps for some guidance.

    • April 20, 2017 / 8:20 am

      I also am not sure if I can do this, but I think it is important enough to give it a try! Another blogger told me about a YouTube video on how to. Perhaps that is also something you could start with!

  10. April 20, 2017 / 11:57 am

    I find meditating very hard going indeed. However I do take 30 minutes every morning to drink my coffee and stare into space. Does that count as meditating?

    • April 20, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Well if walking is, I think this is too! But not if you are half a sleep still!

  11. Lorna
    April 20, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I feel you there! I know it’s very hard to meditate and actually make yourself do it. I have a very busy brain so I would rather be doing something and feel like I have no time to sit and do nothing, but it’s so important for us! Happy weekend. Love your cat!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • April 20, 2017 / 4:50 pm

      Ha ha, everybody does!

    • April 20, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      I think do too! Thank you Jess.

  12. April 20, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    My boyfriend has suggested meditation to me and I really want to try it! Loved reading about your experience.

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • April 20, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      I have to start yet! I hope I will have the patience!

    • April 20, 2017 / 8:12 pm

      Haha! Thank you! I hope I have the patience for it!

  13. April 25, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    I think I would really benefit from meditation, even if it’s only for ten minutes a day. My problem is I’m too easily distracted…i need to be more disciplined!

    Emma xxx

    • April 25, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Me too, but I think it’s very important. I can’t even sit and watch a serie without taking my phone every five minutes

  14. May 2, 2017 / 6:27 am

    I’ve always been a little curious about meditation and wanted to try it out but had no idea where to start. Your post really helps! And I love your leggings! Thanks for adding your link in our Wearable Wednesday linkups!

    • May 2, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that! Just start with trying it for five minutes a day!

    • Nancy
      May 5, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Thank you!

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