"Damn, I feel better." - Me.
I spent the last 90 days carving out at least 10 minutes a day to sit quietly while trying to clear my mind. I have tried meditating on and off for the last few years, but when we decided to move back to Santa Monica, I wanted to give it my best shot. We had a ton on our plates with the move, new routines, and the logistics of our new life back on the West Coast. I have found that meditation has helped me prioritize and tackle my day.
Finding the best time was hard, but I feel that meditating early, especially in the morning before doing anything, helps me wipe my mental slate clean, so I can start to load it back up again with all the different choices, decisions, and potentially tricky interactions I will have throughout my day.
I was a little nervous to get into meditation because of the reaction I thought my family and friends would give me, but they all turned out to be pretty supportive. Now and then I get the, "what a hippie" look from them, but that's no big deal. Meditation helps me with stress and aligns my focus on what I need to get done. Taking a few minutes out for yourself every day to reset, breath and clear your mind has become critical to ensuring I give very day my all.
If you are ever at all interested in meditation or new to meditation, I would suggest getting a coach or app, like Headspace. They are an app that walks you through meditations and helps you understand that it is okay to have a mind that runs a million miles an hour, but finding the time to reel it back it helps. At least it has helped me.
Stress kills and life is too short. I will gladly take the "what a hippie" glares from my family and friends rather than going gray early.