Wow - the very first Sit. Breathe. Love. blog post! As I start to write, I'm feeling slightly nervous - I have so many hopes for this blog. I have the sincere wish that anyone who reads this blog will feel inspired to explore the themes of mindfulness and meditation for themselves. Because honestly, regular meditation will change your life.
I started Sit. Breathe. Love. because I want to connect with people who believe that mindfulness and meditation help you get a happy, peaceful mind. I started tweeting from @SitBreatheLove just two weeks ago and the response has been fantastic.
#Mightilyimpressed by your tweets @SitBreatheLove :) Thank you!
— Jayne Lal (@Jayne_Lal) March 5, 2014
And this one...
I really like your logo! :) @SitBreatheLove
— Anny L. (@HoneysuckleTrip) March 6, 2014
And here's another!
@emmabclarke @SitBreatheLove I think I was just your 2000th follower! :) xx
— Oliver Dukcevic (@voiceoveroliver) March 10, 2014
I started meditating about 16 years ago because I needed a practical strategy to just help me deal with life. At the time my father was terminally ill and I needed to find a way to stay rooted in the moment, the now. I didn't want to spend what precious time I had with my dad being freaked out by what had happened in the past, or terrified of what might happen in the future. I wanted to be present, to truly experience my last months with him. And meditation gave me that.
Now, if I don't meditate my head feels muggy. Imagine a glass filled with pond water; at first it's all sludgy and thick with horrible, floating stuff in it...but if you let it sit for a while, the crud just settles on the bottom leaving clear water at the top of the glass. That's what my mind's like when I meditate. I have to sit for a while to still my mind.
There's now lots of evidence proving that meditation reduces anxiety, improves sleep, boosts creativity, lowers blood pressure and offers a whole bunch of other physical and psychological benefits.
All I know is that meditation and mindfulness make me more awake in my life. Meditation helps me really think about my choices: the intent behind my thoughts, words and actions. It also makes me much more efficient. My brain just seems to work better when I meditate.
If you'd like to try some of our free Sit. Breathe. Love. meditations, check them out here.
I'd love to hear your experiences. Please, get in touch!