Welcome back! Thank you for your support and staying up to date with my blog. If you haven’t checked out my first part on mindfulness, click here. In this post, I wanted to focus on mindfulness through meditation. I can’t stress enough how powerful meditation could be. I’m the type of person that gets anxiety and really overwhelmed easily. I tend to focus on the future so much rather than the present. Mindfulness has helped me get to a place where I don’t feel overwhelmed. I have come to realize that I have the power to listen to my body instead of living in fear and anxiety.
Before I give you my steps to Mindfulness through meditation. I want to share a story with you- as some of you may know, I finished my first year of teaching this year. It was a year full of ups and downs; I feel like I’m still processing this year. Anyways, my students would be super hyper right after lunch time- specially because after lunch they had to write. Some of my students had a really tough time focusing during writing time. I was conflicted- I didn’t know how to get their attention and so I decided to try mindfulness with my class. I related to some of my students that came from high stress environments. For some of my students having their mind “quiet” down was really difficult. It brought up a lot of emotions followed by behavior that was unwanted during mindfulness. For some of us can be scary to have a quiet mind, and I do want to acknowledge that. In my class, during mindfulness, I gave my students options- we had what we called “objects”. These objects were shells, crystals, flowers, stress ball, and rocks- all of these things are objects that the student can touch, squeeze, and smell (By the way I will talk more about crystals in another post). I would tell my students to close their eyes or gaze down. At first, we would struggle like when you try to get children to eat vegetables. Yeah, it’s like pulling teeth. However, once my students understood the concept of what was going on. They would come in from lunch without any hesitation sit on the carpet, and say “Ms. Martinez, I’m ready for mindfulness”. I started to notice a shift on their focus and energy throughout the day. Usually, it was really hard for me to motivate my students to write but after a few weeks of mindfulness. Some of them made major improvement in their writing.
I wanted to share this experience with you is because it’s important to see ourselves like curious children. Some of us have healing to do from our childhood but it’s important that we treat ourselves like a child. We have to be patient with ourselves and understand that healing does not occur over night. If you don’t get it right the first time its okay; try again the next day. Don’t have any expectations either, just do it, and see how things go. It is important to know this before we embark on our journey to discover ourselves through meditation.
Mindfulness is the act of being aware of your surroundings and through meditation you allow energy to flow through you. Now, I’m going to give you steps that you can take to achieve mindfulness through meditation.
Pick a peaceful environment, where you feel comfortable enough to sit, and close your eyes. Make sure that you have an object if you need it.
Once your eyes are closed- check in with your body, and ask yourself these questions: How does my body feel? Do I feel any tension? How about emotionally? (You can even start with feet and work your way up to your head, whatever is easiest for you)
This last step is optional- You can write a quick reflection on any emotions that came up for you. Listen to your body and what it is trying to tell you.
I recommend that you start off with 10 minutes everyday and increase the time by 5 minutes. I find it useful to write after you are done with your mindfulness meditation. It allows you to reflect and think about what you’re carrying, and you can also look back at your journal. Actively think about what’s going on in our heads and see what comes up but don’t judge- simply observe. Our bodies carry enormous loads sometimes and it is our duty to unpack these loads. We deserve to listen and heal our bodies. Specially, some of us, that come from historically marginalized communities where mental health isn’t talked about. In the next few days, I will have my last Post on Mindfulness; it will be based on mindfulness tarot. If you like my blog, then make sure to subscribe. I love sharing my stories with you all. If you have any suggestions, concerns, or questions please make sure to reach out. I do everything with love and passion. Love, Gaby.