We’ll be using mediation in this course in several ways. I encourage you to dedicate time either at the beginning of your day or beginning of your workout for at least several minutes of meditation.
The first purpose of meditation is to bring your connection and your awareness deeper. If we’re striving for intuitive eating and mindful movement, we need that internal connection to be strong. As you hone your skill of listening to your internal voice, your personal vision for life and your body, it allows you to filter through the noise around you. Every time you practice your meditation, you are practicing connecting with yourself. As your practice becomes more consistent, your ability to connect and recognize your own voice becomes more natural. It should become like this gentle memory that we practice recalling. The more we practice, the more easily we can recall the memory so that eventually we can recall it over and over throughout our day. Before we know it we move through life more and more connected to ourselves, less and less distracted by the noise. You won’t be enticed by the grocery store birthday cake at work, derailed by the new crash diet your sister starts, or discouraged by that friend-of-a-friend on instagram who’s always in a bikini (we all have one). You start getting so good at doing you.
The second use or value of meditation is to create for yourself a new baseline. If we start our day with breath and connection, stillness and vision, openness and gratitude we set ourselves up for a day with more breath, connection, stillness, vision, openness, and gratitude. The meditation provides us with an opportunity to slowly rewire how we think and respond. And again, like that memory we practice recalling, we’re able to recall that feeling of gratitude that we started our day with; when in a stressful moment, we can pause and see our vision; and we can recall that feeling of being open to the wonderful opportunities instead of frustrated by a change of plans. The real value of the meditation begins when we realize we’ve changed the way we handle life. A stressful day that maybe once maxed us out can be something much more manageable. And then suddenly we notice we’re stress eating less and less. We’re not too maxed out to workout, in fact maybe we crave that time to reset. We’re pacing ourselves better throughout the day. We’re monitoring what we need without going too long without it or drifting too far from that new baseline of stillness, openness, and gratitude.
The third value to meditation is the ability to get you unstuck. We all know the feeling where we just can’t seem to get going, to change patterns, to see things differently, or to see results. As your vision and goals get clearer, your meditation can become a powerful time to welcome the shift you’re seeking into your life. Seeing where you want to go is vital to getting where you want to go. And so like anything else, we have to practice seeing it. Practice seeing the change. Practice being open to something different. Consider it dedicated calibration, resetting your frequency, or simply cleaning the gunk off the windshield. We’ll use affirmations and mantras to help guide our vision and reframe what we see. When we practice meditation regularly, those old stories start to get quieter and more distant.