How are you?
Well, it's certainly been a while since the last blog post, so I thought it was time for a catch up. How does that sound? Make yourself a cup of chai tea and let's get comfortable :)
A lot has been happening of late! Since my last post, I've been accepted into a dance troupe *fist pump* ("fist pump" isn't the name of the troupe, by the way) and I went with a group of my swingy friends to Boomtown to do a few performances and generally dress up like loonies and wander round the festival aimlessly for three days. Good fun, until a) I realised that I dislike ska, and b) I caught another coldy/fluey thing and had to take the following week off work. Derp. If you're new to camping, I have a tip for you: do not, I repeat - DO NOT - go camping without an airbed. You're welcome.
All these activities aside, what I actually wanted to talk about was meditation. My acupuncturist recommended a meditation company called 'Get Some Headspace' based in North London, run by a sexy former Buddhist monk and a sexy former advertising exec (yeah...they're both sexy...result!), as a way for me to get back into meditation. My lifestyle changes over the past year took me away from my daily meditations (read: I stopped doing it) and I was keen to get back into a routine but felt fairly daunted, much like when you run every day for a year and then stop...it suddenly seems like the greatest challenge to start again.
Get Some Headspace have an app available on iPhone called 'Headspace' which is free (result x2!) to download, and runs their 'Take10' programme. Ten minutes of guided meditation per day for ten days. It really couldn't be easier! I eagerly signed up to the programme, listening to Andy Puddicombe's lovely, calm and engaging voice guiding me through the meditation each day. I'd forgotten how it feels to make the choice to put that time aside to create calm and serenity in my life. After only two days, I noticed a big difference in my moods and ability to deal with situations at work and in my personal life. I felt lighter and my mind felt clearer, and I found myself seeking out that ten minutes of quiet each day.
Ten minutes is less than 1% of your day! In the craziness of modern life, it can feel as though we simply don't have time to sit and be still for any amount of time, but ten simple minutes is all it takes to have a noticeable, positive effect on your life.
As I've been walking around over the past week, I've spotted that I must be giving out a much happier aura, as I've been getting much more (sexy) male attention than I've ever had before. Yeah, it's all about the sexy today :) I've been less afraid of engaging eye contact with people rather than instantly looking away - a sign of feeling more open and free.
If you've been thinking about trying meditation, Headspace is a great and gentle way to ease yourself into the practice. I'm about to sign up to the Take15 programme to travel further down my meditation path again; when the benefits are obvious, it makes perfect sense to continue.
That's my ten cents for the day; I hope it's given you some food for thought...
Speaking of food, it's time for something to eat! Have a great bank holiday weekend everybody.