Why I'm Meditating Every Day For A Year

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I was lucky enough to be introduced to meditation when I was only 3 years old. My beautiful mother was an "early adopter," and she would take me through a guided practice every night before falling asleep.

To be honest, I don't remember much about those early meditations—but I do know they were a comfort for many years. As I got older, I did the usual teenage thing of rejecting anything my parents were into. I swapped meditation for fashion, fitness, and partying.

Even when I started experiencing anxiety in my late teens, the prospect of closing my eyes and turning inward felt incredibly daunting, so a traditional meditation practice was out of the question. Instead, I worked hard at the gym, enrolled in boot camp, and chose the kind of yoga that pushed my body to its limits and made me exhausted enough to sleep.

I kept up this grueling battle for many years, punishing myself with physical exercise and dieting. I took the same kind of drive and perfectionism to my workplace, and while my career flourished, I was feeling completely burned out and unhappy.

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Returning to my roots

In a rare moment of mental quiet, I had the insight that I needed to come back to where I'd begun all those years earlier, so I enrolled in yoga teacher training to see if I could learn my way to a calmer state of mind. I underestimated how much it would help.

For the first time in my life, I started to discover a myriad of ways to take care of myself that didn't involve pushing myself to the edge. I ditched my strict diet and exercise routine for a gentler approach, and eventually, I came back to meditation.

While I still struggle with anxiety from time to time, I now have a range of tools and techniques to draw upon that don't include pushing my body to its limits. My meditation practice has been pivotal in my journey toward a more harmonious life.

I know when I meditate regularly that I am a more grounded, confident, and clear-minded person. I'm less reactive, more present, a better friend, partner, daughter. I'm more compassionate toward myself and others. I am more productive, goal-oriented, and disciplined.

This year I've committed to meditating every day—for 365 days. People often wait for a new year, a new week, or a new month to adopt a positive change in their life, however, I'm inviting you to join me on this challenge by starting today.

I'll be documenting my journey toward a greater sense of calm on my blog and on Instagram using the hashtag #insight365.

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