A couple of months ago, Ajani decided we should start meditating together. At first I was like this is going to be a complete waste of time. We found some calming hymns to listen to and then we sat there calmly with our backs pressed against the headboard. Completely relaxed with a quiet house we used a counting method we learned from Spirit Science and began to meditate. No surprise to me, I fell right to sleep. And the same thing happened the next time.
For a while I just gave up on doing it. I felt like I didn’t have time to just sit around and clear my head. It wasn’t until I read this article in Undo Magazine that I decided to try again. The woman who wrote it said she had similar issues when she first started but after a few my tries she got the hang of it. I figured if she could do it, so can I!
Now I meditate at least twice a week. I don’t really do it on a schedule but I make sure it gets done. Being eighteen can be stressful (lol), so I use meditating as a way to escape, even if it’s just for a little while. I am one of those people who has a meltdown a week because sometimes I make a big deal out of small things. Meditating brings me down a notch and allows me to focus on taking a deep breath instead of an argument I may have had with my mother or something.
Soon I want to be meditating everyday, I think I would become a much more calm and focused person if I could fit it into my schedule everyday. I recommending meditation to all of you reading this. It’s not some hippie b.s., it is a really helpful part of my life. It can be the same for you. You may fall asleep or get distracted the first couple of times, but once you start doing it more frequently, you’ll notice a change for the better. You know how getting your hair and nails done is considered “Me Time”? Think of meditation as “Me Time”.
Photos taken by Ajani Brathwaite