We’ve all heard of the benefits, reduced stress, self-awareness, increased attention span, enhanced immune system, the bottom-line being meditation has something to offer everyone who is looking to improve their emotional health. However, it seems to be a practice a lot of us are intimidated by. Could It be because every representation we are shown is usually of a monk who has reached total awareness? Maybe. Whatever the reason, we’re here to try and eliminate any feelings towards mediating you might have that are discouraging you from giving it a go… again.
Unlike what we are normally taught to believe, meditation does not bring us instant gratification after the first 20 minutes. It’s often frustrating, a little awkward and, dare we say it, sometimes very boring. Be that as it may, this does not mean you are failing or cannot gain anything from the practice, you just have to learn that meditation is a day to day process that can promote a healthy mind if incorporated into your daily routine.
It can be very helpful to look at meditation as a self-care exercise, just like putting on a face-mask or going out for a walk or a run. Sometimes (most times) the sheet mask doesn’t effortlessly smooth onto your face and not on every occasion does the sun shine when you’re going out on one of your therapeutic jogs, yet this doesn’t take away from the experience of having done it and the progress you feel you’ve made once complete.
Whether you’re a pro, a beginner or have never tried meditating at all we’re just here to remind you it’s helpful to accept that some days will be more challenging than others.
Rather than viewing meditation as a skill to master, if we learn to look at it as a valuable process it can completely change our outlook and hopefully clear away the daunting aspect of having to be a qualified professional to reap the benefits of mindfulness.
Here are the top 5 guided apps that have helped the Debut team in our journey to mindfulness.
- Stop, Breath & Think
- The Mindfulness App
Words by: Flaka Dula