Last semester, I took a Group Counseling class, for which each of us was responsible for running one session as if it were real group therapy. One of my classmates started his session with a moment of meditation. We were supposed to visualize a box, and around the box was a glowing dot. As we breathed in, the dot was supposed to travel around half the box. When we breathed out, it was supposed to travel the other half.
I could not visualize this to save my life.
I couldn’t make sense of why a box was representing my breathing. Breathing has two parts- in and out. Why visualize something with four parts? What the heck do I do with the other two? Then, I started thinking about what everyone else in the room was doing. Then, I remembered we weren’t supposed to let our minds wander. And then I started remembering all the other times I’d been bad at meditation.
Hey, Nicole. Remember the psych club meeting where we closed our eyes and were “aware” for a full minute and all you could think about was who was peeking at you?
Remember the time you took a yoga class and could only think about the butts in your face, and your butt in others’ faces?
WHY do I feel like the only person who doesn’t enjoy meditation?
I ask myself this question pretty often, but I actually know the answer, it’s just easier to pretend I don’t know how to fix the problem. I’m not the type of person who is okay with not being good at something, and I’ve known for a long time that I struggle with the abstract nature of disciplines like mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. What can I say? I like direction. I like questions with one answer. I like organization. So when I try meditation, and my only direction is to “be aware” or “be present,” I get very frustrated. That’s why I say I don’t like it.
However, I’m also quite frustrated by the idea that there are these great self-care techniques, proven effective a million times over, and I can’t make them work for me. And as a future therapist, I like to have as many methods of self-care in my arsenal as possible. I know that taking care of myself enables me to do my best work for my clients. So, instead of hating them, I’ve decided to finally give them the chance they deserve by doing some proper research. Of course, I turned to the blogging community! I found ten blog posts that were written to help beginners understand the basics of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, and I’m sharing the wealth with you! Check them out below.
10 Blog Posts About Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness for Beginners
- 20 Practical Meditation Tips For Beginners– Resilient
- Mama Self-Care in Ten Minutes or Less– Mom Life Made Easy
- 10 Important Meditation Tips for Beginners– Style Craze
- Improve Your Meditation Practice– Organic Daily Post
- How to Meditate for Beginners: 10 Key Steps– Joshua Zitting
- 11 Minute Yoga Workout for People Just Getting Started– Thrive Strive
- The Chakra Guide for Beginners– Dr. Oz
- Mantra Meditation for Beginners– Happy Holista
- Meditation for Beginners AKA Learning to Sit– Love Life Surf
- How to Start Yoga at Home- The Complete Beginners Guide– Vivi Reverie