Effects of Meditation on a 21 year old Vegan Girl

Lately I’ve been trying to consistently meditate at least 5 min each day, and I follow that up with another 5 min of positive visualization. I’m inspired to do this because I always feel like I never get things done even if I do get things done and I constantly find myself worrying about not being productive enough.

Meditating is a way for me to take a step back and allow me to feel ok with doing absolutely nothing. I have to tell you, doing nothing is harder than you may imagine. One video that really inspired me to take this leap of faith towards meditating was Rich Roll’s video on meditation.
 

I actually don’t even know if I’m meditating the “right way” but I’m doing what feels best for me. I have been just breathing in and breathing out and relaxing every part of my body until I’m finished with all my body parts. Then I breathe in and out about 4 more times trying to let all the positiveness enter me and all the negative thoughts get out of me.

Technically I shouldn’t even be thinking while meditating but I haven’t been able to get there yet.  So far I have experienced the following benefits out of meditation:

  • I don’t explode as easy as I usually do.

  • I feel more positive.

  • I feel like I’m more aware of opportunity.

  • I’m enjoying each moment instead of living in the past and/ or future

  • I feel less stressed for sure!

I have only been meditating for 10 days straight and I’m obviously not an expert at it, but I can assure you nothing bad will come from trying it yourself.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Buddha

Funny enough this isn’t the first time I write about meditation. I used to have a blog on tumblr where I talked about environmental issues, inventions, meditation, law of attraction, veganism, etc.  In this blog I wrote about the relationship between meditation and neuroscience and I thought I would share a part of it with you.

Harvard neuroscientists interested in meditation have reported that brain structures change after eight weeks of meditation. Their research has shown that meditation and mindfulness training can cause neuroplastic (it refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses) changes to the gray matter of our brain.

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day.” - Sara Lazar, The study’s senior author.

 

I’d like to experience first hand these neuroplastic changes and that is the reason I will be attempting to meditate every day for 5 min for the following 7 weeks since I’ve already completed 10 days of meditation.

I wanted to share this with you before my experiment because even though I have only been doing this for 10 days I see great changes, and I know that If you try it yourself you will see positive changes too.

 

My invitation to you is to do an 8 week challenge of meditating 5 min a day everyday and see where this leads us to. My promise to you is that you won’t regret it.