Body Is Home
“If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.” — anonymous
I’m so quick to judge myself, to tear myself down, to lose sight of my personal beauty. Yet, I give everyone else the benefit of the doubt. I compliment others, I love on others. Why don’t I deserve to feel like that? If I don’t show myself the love I deserve, I can’t expect others to do it for me….
The heater made the air in my room feel like a blanket, wrapping around me, as I sat in the dark. Artificial rainforests via Spotify filled my ears, creating the white noise I desperately needed to de-stress. As I stretched out each muscle, I focused all of my energy into being. Into breathing. Into feeling. Meditation? Hello, old friend. It’s good to have ya back.
“The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditation is an outlet I’ve used off and on over the past two years, and it’s refreshing as shit. For example: I sleep at least 9 hours a day because I’m scary on anything less (my family will attest to this), yet it’s very rarely that I wake up feeling well rested. Last night, I spent 45 meditating and felt like I just had the best goddam sleep ever. Whether you choose to believe it or not, treating your mind and body like the pieces of art they are REALLY DOES effect your mental AND physical health. I shit you not.
I say I’ve meditated off and on because some days I just can’t get myself to sit down and be still for 10 minutes, which is crazy to me! Why do I have to check Instagram and know what everyone is doing? I swear my phone has a magnetic pull to me. It’s little things like social media, school, work, and life in general that withhold us from connecting with ourselves and just being. If you choose to meditate, stretch, or just block the world out for 10 minutes, I suggest this Spotify Playlist. Another tip: turn your phone on night time mode, that way notifications won’t tempt you.
“Meditation is really quite simple. All we have to do is embrace each experience with awareness and open our hearts fully to the present moment. When we are completely at ease with our own being, the ripples of awareness naturally spread out in all directions, touching the lives of everyone we meet.” — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Looking inside oneself and focusing on who you know best will do wonders for your overall view on life. I went through a tad bit of depression for a while, which gave me a negative outlook on life. When I focused on things I loved (family, home, writing, etc.) I felt as if the rain was clearing and my life was finally getting the sunshine I’d been longing for. When I sit and meditate, the world falls away and all I’m left with are my thoughts, the feeling of the ground holding me up, and my body speaking to me. With meditation, the sunshine becomes a constant in my life, and my love for my people and ordinary things becomes too much for this little body to contain!! It clarifies my feelings and gives me a chance to digest what the freak is going on with my life.
“Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment” — Thích Nhất Hạnh
Let love enlighten your path. Winds of the outside world will try to throw you off your path, but meditation and self love will ground you. Life as a human being is a beautiful, challenging journey — learn to let yourself feel the emotions you are faced with, don’t suppress them. Release the negative from your body, and then never think of it again. Embrace the positive.
Want to start meditating so you can FEEL THE MAGIC?
If you’ve never tried meditation before, you can check out my blog post about Meditation for Beginners. Finals are right around the corner (next week for me!), and meditation is a great way to refresh and detox yourself from negative thoughts about failure — you’re going to pass!!
“Take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more.
You’re doing just fine.” — Charlotte Eriksson
Go kill those finals & have a holly jolly winter break!