“Missing In Action” pretty much describes me lately.  This Summer I have really been trying to focus on myself and spend lots of time decompressing with the people closest to me.  One thing that I have taken on during my disappearance act this summer is meditation.  Yes, you read that right.  Meditation.  If you would’ve mentioned meditating daily to me even two months ago, I would’ve had a minor internal anxiety attack.  Just the thought of sitting still without a single thought in my mind other than my breathing for minutes on end used to send me into a panic.  Mediating did not sound relaxing, it sounded like torture.  So how on earth did I start with this mediating situation? Well, it started on my 25th birthday, when I started attending Bikram Yoga and Pilates classes.  One might know what Bikram Yoga is, I of course, did not.  Apparently it includes 108 degrees of heat and some obscene percentage of humidity…all while attempting yoga poses.  After the first few classes and actually being able to choose mind over matter, I decided if I can get through this torture (which I actually really adore now…I know…I’m nuts), then I can surely get through a couple minutes of silence.  Somehow the yoga inspired me to meditate.  I guess when you start doing things that are beneficial to your health, it leads to wanting to do other beneficial things?  Weird, I know.  Anyway, mediating has been life changing.  It really is all it’s cracked up to be.  Your thoughts become things, so it is very important to be able to change your thoughts to positive ones.  I know it’s more than difficult to be positive on some days when it is so much easier to just give way to the negative, but let me be your inspiration.  If I can do it, anyone can!  It has helped me to be much more positive and grateful, which in turns helps attract positivity into my life.  I use guided meditation videos online that range from about ten minutes to hours at a time (longest meditation video I’ve done is 40 minutes, and I fell asleep…baby steps people).  Please try it! I promise it will be ten minutes you won’t regret.  It’s so hard to take a few minutes of calmness for yourself in the busy lives we all live, but I promise it will be worth it.

Don’t hate, meditate.  (Did I just say that?)

-Allie xxo

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