Living Healthy: Meditation

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I’m not really a yoga person  When i work out, I want to jump around and sweat.  Cardio is my jam.  But sometimes it’s not just about getting your body in shape; it’s about getting your mind in a healthy place.  It’s time to get your MBA (that’s Mind Body Attitude) degree.

At first I rolled my eyes when Steph suggested meditation.  I didn’t think it was something I needed.  I figured if I wanted to shut off my brain, I could just watch reality tv.  But I wanted to hang out with her and figured the timing would work out well for me to join her at her 11:30 meditation sesh, followed by a fun lunch.  I was mostly game to join because I knew this plan meant I would get to spend the entire day in comfortable, casual clothes.

I met Steph at ZenSpace in Hoboken, a studio that specializes in holistic health.  The room itself had a rug and pillow for each student, arranged in a circle.  I quickly realized this was not yoga.  The point is not alternative exercise; it’s all about the mind.  Once I realized this wasn’t about yoga vs. cardio, I was much more open to the experience.

We spent the 45 minutes focusing our breathing and simply letting go.  When it was over, I definitely felt more relaxed.  It was the perfect activity after feeling overwhelmed at my first week at a new job.  I said to Steph that it was the first time I can remember in a very long time that I had quiet.  Nothing about my life is quiet.  I am not a quiet person, when I’m home the tv or music is always in the background (even when I’m going to sleep), and my job is not at all quiet – neither literally or metaphorically.  It was nice to just be.  I actually enjoyed the moments of quiet.

I suggest giving meditation a chance, even if it’s only every two months.  It may calm your mind and once your head is healthy, everything else falls into place.

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