My New Mindfulness: Meditation at 40

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Meditation was never something I thought I’d ever do. I remember when I was in my 20’s and I would see a group of people meditating at a park. ย I would think, “what the hell are they doing? I’m never gonna do that. That looks boring as hell.” Little did I know that 20 years later, that’s exactly what I’d be doing. With 40 looming right around the corner, meditation has recently been added to my repertoire of calming activities to help keep my sanity.

As we get older and the reality of life sets in with work, kids, bills, and various other factors that stress us, we look for ways to keep calm and DE-stress as much as possible. For the past two months I have added meditation to my routine.

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Because my mind runs about a mile a minute I really wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do this meditation thing. I mean, come on, I have to sit still and clear my head. Clearing the brain is difficult but giving up is an option because of my stress level and anxiety.

You know how on Facebook you get ads in your feed about various things? These ads are supposed to cater to your interests based off of your likes. That’s where I found it. An app that actually talks you through meditation. It’s called Calm and you can try the free version or purchase the yearly subscription on iTunes.

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I tried the free version first. It starts with the 7 Days of Calm. It’s the only one you can try with the free version but you also get three different sleep stories and several different nature sounds.

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You can do these meditations anytime you want but I chose to do them before bed. I have a really hard time shutting my brain off at night and because of this it takes me 2 hours to fall asleep. So I really wanted something to help me calm my mind. I didn’t just do the meditation though. I added the sleep story right after. By day three I was asleep before the end of the story. Each story is about 30 minutes long and I was sleeping 15 minutes in.

That’s a pretty big difference from 2 hours! At first, I wasn’t doing them on the weekends but I found that if I skipped, then by Monday I was back to being easily stressed and way too much on my mind. So I added the weekends in and it has made a big difference. I finally went all in and purchased the full version of the app and I have been loving it!

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One of my favorite things about this app though are the quotes shown to you after every mediation. I love quotes and always look for positive and inspiring quotes to help me when I’m feeling down or just need a pick me up.

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It has helped me so much and for a person who has never put much stock into meditation, this is a big deal. My therapist has recommended I add one more meditation time in so I’m going to do that. Well, I’m working on it anyway. This past week has been pretty busy and I will be busy for the next week. But I think finding the time to do even a 10 minute mediation will help me keep my calm, especially through the busy times.

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We all know that when we get busy, we get irritated easier than normal. That’s the stress of life. But adding just a small meditation has helped me immensely. I do yoga first thing in the morning. The yoga DVD I have has a 2 minute mediation at the end of it. Then I do my meditation at night with the Calm app.

I am working on adding Tai Chi to my day but it has been difficult because I don’t have a lot of space. Yesterday I spent the whole day rearranging my room to make more space. It looks like it might be enough. That’s one more piece to my puzzle added to my quest for peace of mind through out the day.

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They even have meditation and sleep stories for the kids. I have tried getting my two boys to try it out with me but to no avail but I won’t give up though. I figure if they keep seeing me do it, they may eventually want to do it too. For you parents who have younger kids though, give it a shot.

What do you think of meditation?

Thanks so much for Reading!

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14 thoughts on “My New Mindfulness: Meditation at 40

  1. I haven’t done meditation as such, but I birthed my child using meditation techniques. Like you, I was skeptical for years and thought it a load of “mumbo-jumbo”, but after doing a powerful course called “The Lightning Process” a few years ago, I suddenly realised the amazing connection between the body and the mind. Once I acknowledged that, I saw that there was a lot to be said for meditation and the like. This app sounds really helpful so I think I’ll check it out (especially as my mind also likes to ponder everything at a million miles per second!) Thanks for joining us at #blogcrush

    1. Yeah the app I use has changed my whole perception of meditation and the body mind connection it helps me get in touch with. Thanks so much for stopping by!๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. This app sounds fantastic, I’m going to go check it out. I’m getting into meditation myself. It’s a really peaceful & calming experience. That quote you shared about you deserving your love & affection is so true & something I think most of us neglect. We can be out own worst critics! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK x
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    1. Yes we certainly can be self-deprecating to ourselves and that quote is one of my favorites because when I star to get down on myself I look at that quote. Let me know what you think of the app. I’m interested in knowing what others think of it. Xx

  3. I have never been able to meditate either but I always have trouble falling asleep! I’m going to try it & if it doesn’t work I’m going to find you & give you a piece of my mind ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. I hope it does work for you. I recommended it to my best friend and when she finally tried it (took a lot of convincing) she told me it calmed her. She has a lot of anxiety so I’m glad it worked for her. If it doesn’t work for you feel free to give me a piece of your mind๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    1. Yeah I was up late last night going through a late spring cleaning and I still meditated. In fact after working hard all day I found that I needed it. It immediately calmed me down๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. I used to do it when I was younger and it helped after a hurtful breakdown of a relationship and brought me new friends too which was a bonus. Would like to get back to it especially as I am now managing to carve out more time for myself. Inspirational post.

    1. I’ve actually never meditated before. I’ve tried but never really liked it but now that I’m on this path of self discovery and further healing from my own past I’m loving it! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!๐Ÿ˜Š

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