Meditating to Start a New Life… Again

As the number of blog posts has gone down in the last several months, so have the number of times I have meditated.

To reiterate the About Meditating Millennial section, I created this blog to hold myself accountable—to motivate myself to start meditating, and to keep meditating. However, I recently lost sight of that mission statement.

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Fear of Missing Out (FoMO): How Meditation Changed the Way I Viewed Sports

Growing up, I was a sports fanatic. I emphasize the word fanatic. As a life-long California Bay Area resident, I’ve always been a fan of the Golden State Warriors (yes, even before they won their NBA championship a couple years ago). I owned their merchandise and I would attend a few games each year. In fact, I was such a fan, that a few years ago, I even got the same exact tattoo as one of my favorite players. Yes, you heard that right. The same exact tattoo, in the same exact body part. Oh man, how I would slap myself if I could go back in time when that idea initially came into my head.

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Early Struggles with Meditation

Nowadays, it doesn’t take much for me to sit and meditate. Once I decide I want to, I go and do it. It wasn’t always like that. When I first started meditating, it took a lot for me to decide on a time and actually follow through with it. Being able to sit for more than just a few minutes at a time was another problem I faced.

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Expectations Vs. Reality, Part 2

This is a continuation of Expectations Vs. Reality, Part 1.

I encourage you to read Part 1 before reading this entry. The second example I will write about in this Expectations Vs. Reality topic is concerning material things.

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Expectations Vs. Reality, Part 1

Sometimes our expectations don’t line up with reality. When that happens, we can be in for a rude awakening. Meditation and mindfulness has helped me curb that expectation to lessen the blow when reality doesn’t turn out the way I hoped.

To state it briefly, mindfulness is about being present. Being aware of what is happening and what you are feeling in the moment here and now. When you are taking a walk outside, what are you usually doing? Are you looking at the trees? Smelling the fresh air of flowers and grass? Or are you looking at your phone? Scrolling through facebook? Checking how many likes your latest instagram picture got? Browsing snapchat to see what everyone else is up to?

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Starting Off the Day on the Right Foot

Zzz. Zzzz. Zzzz.

RING RING!! RING RING!!

Laying face down on my bed, my body lays motionless as I snooze the phone alarm with my left hand. It’s 6:07am. Snoozing my phone gives me an extra 8 minutes. I close my eyes again.

Zzzzzz…

RING RING!! RING RING!!

This time I get myself up, grab the phone and shut off the alarm for good. One of the cats is at the foot of the bed sitting up, staring at me. I pet him on his furry blackish brown head; he happily lets out his patented purring. I stand up and head to the bathroom to wash up.

I walk back to the bedroom, get dressed and go to the kitchen as I make my way past the other cat resting on the three-story cat tree. As the coffee is brewing, I set myself up on the yoga mat to perform my daily stretching routine. It consists of several stretches, focusing on each part of my body one at a time. It takes about as long as for the coffee to be finished.

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