When life is hectic, our thoughts will naturally race, trying to keep up with everything that’s going on. While stuck in this panicked state, our minds miss things. We miss the opportunities to let life slow down and take a moment to ensure that all is well.
Meditation slows life down and redirects your attention inward. By letting yourself focus on one thing in the present moment, such as your breathing, it allows you to check in with yourself. Even though we may feel like everything needs to be accomplished at once, multitasking isn’t as effective as it seems.
Have you ever finished a long, frustrating day of work and realized how tired, hungry, and thirsty you were? While your mind was occupied with work, your body’s needs were suffering and subconsciously affecting your emotions.
It is due to this, that we can fall into a cycle of living our lives essentially on auto-pilot. It’s easy to let ourselves follow our usual routine, even when it doesn’t feel fulfilling.
You don’t need to stay stuck in this cycle. Allowing yourself to pause, breathe, and listen to your inner voice can help you see all the options you truly have, all the opportunities there are to shift your life in the direction you want.
Two essential phone apps that I use for meditation are Calm and Mindfulness Bell.
Calm is a wonderful app that offers guided meditations, ranging from three to twenty-five minutes. Rated the Happiest App in the World by the Center for Humane Technology and awarded Best of 2018 by Apple, Calm is the number one app used for sleep, meditation, and relaxation.
Mindfulness Bell is an incredible app that allows you to set a timer, on either specified or random intervals, to ring a Tibetan Singing Bowl. The beautiful sound of this bowl reminds you to take a moment to connect to your center and to the present moment.