“Thus, a combination of breathing practices, meditation, and asanas is sufficient to shift the brainwave pattern to a physical and mental state involving reduction in stress, anxiety, mood disturbances, and depression and improvements in mood, focus, alertness, and an over-all sense of well-being.”—Ram Rao
- I actually like meditating now! I look forward to practicing and feeling the deep quietness I now experience on a regular basis. It’s actually interesting to me to observe myself gradually quiet down, step by step, no matter what state I start in and no matter what kind of noise is going on in the house (my husband has a lot of video meetings and a loud voice!). So practicing regularly did “improve” my ability to quiet my mind.
- I discovered I prefer practicing yogic concentration meditation (as opposed to mindfulness meditation), with a mantra that I coordinate with my breathing. This engages my mind more effectively than just focusing on my breath alone. I don’t think of myself as a mantra kind of person, but there you go….
- Sitting for 30 minutes started to be very hard for me physically. I felt some pain no matter what props I used and I constantly had to readjust my posture. So I decided to meditate in a Supported Savasana position instead. Now I’m physically comfortable and that makes the experience more enjoyable.
- Lately during that phase that happens after 20 minutes or so, I’ve started to feel like I’m floating and sometimes even have that fabled feeling of my boundaries dissolving. One of these days I’m going to practice for a hour to see what happens. Sally Kempton, author of Meditation for the Love of It (which I found intriguing and inspiring) says it takes that long for you to stop thinking and I’m curious to see if I can experience that.
- During this challenging year, I’ve felt pretty steady overall. I like to think my daily meditation practice has helped make that possible.
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