September 14, 2020
Meditation: How It Changed My Life
“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work,” – Thich Nihat Hanh
I was never one of those people who believed in the importance of taking time out for myself. I was always looking out for others first rather than myself. My childhood passion was to become a teacher, which translated to becoming my life’s purpose. Although I was content, something was missing in my life. This catapulted my journey into growing spiritually and expanding my knowledge across several topics. I began to research my passion for teaching what I had learned throughout the hardships in life. I now advocate and share how the environment we are placed into as children affect our adult life. Through tools and resources, along with individual experiences with both my own three children and the preschool children whom I teach, I share how easy it is to implement mindfulness and meditation.
There are many types of meditations out there to rediscover yourself. The ones that transformed my life are the ones below:
Mindfulness Meditation: I started practicing mindfulness and mindfulness practice to stop myself from going either in the past or future. These time travels only brought me pain and frustration. Since practicing mindfulness, I can bring my awareness to the present moment. The ideal way to practice meditation is sitting, but you can be mindful anywhere – when eating, moving, listening, and breathing. Just like any other skill, mindful meditation also takes practice. You can easily start by sitting still and focusing on your breath. Then slowly notice the sensations in your body, your thoughts, and listening to the outside sounds. Notice your thoughts but do not engage with them and if your mind starts to wander bring your attention back to your breath.
By practicing mindful meditation, you can decrease stress, and this helps you to feel more balanced. It also allows you to focus on the present moment. Studies have shown the great benefits of how just 5 minutes a day can positively change your mental health.
Body Scan Meditation: Why I love this meditation is because it helps me connect my body and my emotions. Emotions can be strongly felt in our bodies when we ignore them. This meditation is great for increasing our awareness of our bodies and emotions. It deepens our sense of self and decreases stress and anxiety. By paying attention to the sensations in our bodies, we start to know ourselves as more than just as a conceptual self. This meditation is great for us to learn how to self-regulate. By mentally scanning ourselves from head to toe, you bring awareness to every single part of your body and notice any pain or discomfort. This not only allows you to get to know your body but also how to deal with any negative impacts on your body.
Here is how I do it. It can be done for 1 minute to up to 20 minutes:
I close my eyes in a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down.
I start with my feet, by noticing any tension or discomfort without judgment and bring my awareness on the breath. I then bring the air by breathing deeply into any area of my lower body to release any tension there.
Once I feel ready and relaxed, I move slowly bringing attention to my legs, sacral, stomach arms, chest, neck, face, eyes, and head, individually.
When I complete the exercise, then I slowly wiggle my fingers and toes to open my eyes, allowing myself to be in the present moment once again.
I practice meditation each morning, which sets the tone of my day. All the above did not happen overnight, it has taken me years of training, mentoring, and personal growth to become who I am today. I feel stronger today than I ever have. Meditation and Mindfulness have been extremely beneficial to me, by helping me preserve my energy, teaching me acceptance and compassion towards myself and others. I have learned to let problems be gifts of disguise. Meditation and mindfulness are not about being perfect in the practice but allowing your body to be in its natural state without all the external forces and distractions we are faced with daily. There is no downside to allowing your brain to take a quick break from your everyday life, it supplies extremely positive results as I have mentioned earlier. If you are still hesitant about how meditation and mindfulness may work for you, try it for just one minute and see how your body reacts. It may just end up changing your life!
My name is Gurpreet Mangat. I am an Early Childhood Educator. I have been working with children for the past decade and have three daughters of my own. I am extremely passionate about yoga, meditation, and growing spiritually. In the past couple of years, I have learned to connect these passions with the love of teaching children. I am certified as a children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher and am now sharing these tools and techniques with families.
I have put my years of lifting my life with mindfulness and made my daughters learn the same as a practice to live a life. If you would like to contact me to discuss any of the information. I would love to connect with you on Instagram and Email.