I previously wrote a post for Mental Health Awareness Day – ‘Beating Anxiety’. Even though it wasn’t a very detailed piece, quite a few people messaged me on my blog and privately to say it was helpful to them. If these posts help only one person then it is worth writing, so every now and then I will be writing about meditation, mindfulness and spirituality. I don’t claim to be an expert in any subject but only write about things I am passionate about and I have read a lot of books on this subject and helped friends and family when they have wanted support.
Until 6 years ago I used to suffer with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), I used to overthink a lot and worry irrationally. I can honestly say that I have a totally clear head now and it feels amazing – so free. Obviously, bad things happen and I can’t control other peoples negativity around me, but the difference now is that I have perspective and I’m lucky enough to have amazing family and friends so surround myself with positive people.
My daughter, Mia, is like a mini-me and has a happy hippy soul and loves to be with nature. Mia was born within the amniotic sac “en-caul” birth, the midwife told us that people believe this to mean she is lucky and spiritual. I hadn’t heard of this happening before but then that’s understandable as it happens 1 in 80,000 births.
Although I have an interest in spirituality, I believe if Mia has spiritual abilities it would have been from her great nan Josie who was a spiritual healer and amazing lady. Josie although my husband’s nan, she treated me like her own granddaughter. We would occasionally chat about spirituality, but wish I had asked her more before she passed and absorbed some of her wisdom. As I don’t know anyone with knowledge in this subject so I have to research books instead.
Items I use whilst meditating:
- A Calming Breath meditation cushion – great for yoga also, to get into a comfortable position.
- Tibetan singing bowl. The singing bowl is great – Mia loves to sit and meditate with it too as it is so calming.
- An aroma diffuser which releases a mist scented with essential oils – we currently have over 20 oils but as I am pregnant I’m very limited to what is safe to use right now. We have used this for all sorts of healing – I plan to write about aromatherapy and the benefits of oils both physically and mentally.
- For Christmas my husband bought me some ringing Chinese baoding meditation balls and some healing crystals as I have always been fascinated by the idea of them. I have reserved some books from the library (finally ready to collect – yay!)‘The Crystal Bible’ by Judy Hall – I had previously borrowed these (there are 3 volumes) but now I own a collection of crystals I would love to read again and absorb the information better.
Once I am educated on healing crystals and other meditation techniques including aromatherapy, I will share the information with you guys.
Realistically though, you don’t need any fancy cushion or stones to meditate just somewhere peaceful to sit and clear your head trying to stop random thoughts popping in. It is actually a lot harder than it seems.
Even try now, for 1 minute close your eyes, focus on your breathing and try not to think about your phone or any problems. When you can manage 1 minute, try it for longer next time as it will get easier with practice.
I remember reading a quote ‘You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes everyday – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.’ This has stuck with me, as although I have control over dealing with negativity, my head is often so busy with exciting things to do/make/plan I really need to make sure I fit meditation in my daily life just to stop for a moment.
I love mindfulness activities like crafts, drawing, baking, reading and walks in the woods. Truly being in the moment without the distraction of phones or thinking about work or money.
I hope you found this useful and if you are in a low place remember to talk to someone. Getting out of a dark place can be difficult but it can and will happen when you identify your issues and start working on them – there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
What mindfulness activities do you enjoy? Do you have a favourite crystal? Do you think you could benefit from meditation?
Please comment below – I would love to read your views.