“People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

A month ago, I began meditating for 15 minutes every single morning. In just a little over a month, the results I have achieved thus far have had a positive effect on my everyday life. I would highly recommend meditating to anyone.

Since I began meditating I have definitely been more aware of my thoughts and how they affect me. There has been less resistance and judgement in my thoughts overall. If I am experiencing negative thoughts, I am able to process and recognize them more easily and act in a more meaningful way.

I find it easier to recognize and let go of any negative emotions from my thought process. Cutting out these negative emotions and reactions leads me to being more present in the moment and happier.

Being present allows me to worry less and essentially decreases the amount of anxiety I experience during stressful times. Meditation has given me a greater sense of self-awareness, decreased stress and increased happiness. My thoughts flow easier with less friction and resistance.

However, not every meditation is great and some are a little more trying than others, but the results have been worth it. Through consistent meditation, I will continue to grow my self-awareness.

How you can start meditating

I thought meditation was going to require some extreme discipline and effort, but it was really easy considering there are many great smartphone apps to help guide you in the process. I would say the most difficult part is just taking action.

I began meditating with meditation apps on my smartphone and that is how I meditate today. There are a handful of apps out there that are free and some that require subscription fees. The use of meditation apps lets you begin meditating immediately and are great guides to learning and understanding meditation. Here are a few great apps that I have tried and recommend.

1 Giant Mind

Headspace

Calm

I have no plans to stop meditating, as the benefits have been invaluable in my day to day life. With tools like our smartphone to help us, it’s easier than ever. I hope this inspires you to try meditating for yourself.

Thanks for reading, until next time!