I never told any of my close friends and family members that I practice meditation. Why? Because I avoided the “Why the hell are you doing that for?” look. The average person misunderstands what meditation is.  Many think it’s some form of taboo spiritual practice that conflicts with religious beliefs. Although meditation in various forms is part of every religious practice, it really has nothing to do with belief, ideology or doctrine.

In its simplest form, meditation is a mental technique to silence the mind. It is about stillness of the mind. Our mind is constantly at work, thinking and analysing, even when we are asleep. We cannot function to our fullest capacity with an overworked, tired mind.

I like to think of meditation as a way of giving my mind a break—a chance to re-centre and refocus itself to function more efficiently. I started to practice meditation three years ago and till this day, it is my go-to remedy to relieve stress and to quiet my mind when I find myself mentally exhausted.  

My meditation practice is extremely simple. I don’t chant mantras. I prefer to sit alone in silence with a lighted candle and some relaxing meditation music. With my eyes closed, I take some deep breaths and exhale slowly. I continue by clearing my mind, only keeping focus on my breath. By maintaining this focus, I find myself going deeper and deeper into a meditative state as my mind begins to get more and more relaxed, quiet and still. I maintain this focus undisturbed for about 10-15 minutes. When I open my eyes, I literally feel stress-free, aware, centred, focused, and ready to seize the day.

Here are some ways this simple meditation practice affects my life:

1. It significantly reduces and/or eliminates any built-up stress and anxiety.

2. It promotes a more positive outlook on life and keeps me in a happier state of mind.

3. It improves my quality of my sleep.

4. It improves my focus and attention span.

5. It helps me to be more present and aware of my surroundings.

6. It helps me to remain calm and have more patience. 

7. It enhances my self-awareness allowing me to understand myself better and to recognize thoughts that may be harmful or self-defeating.

I encourage you to develop a simple meditation practice. There are tons of relaxing meditation music available on YouTube. There are also several short Positive Guided Morning Meditations that you can do to kick-start your day.

If you’re new to meditation, at first you might have some trouble maintaining your focus, which is perfectly normal. Don’t be discouraged; as you practice, your focus will become stronger and longer. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

What do you think of Meditation? Comment below and share your thoughts.


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6 Replies to “My Secret Stress Reliever Revealed”

  1. Great practice Candace. And you’re in good company too. I read last week that almost every successful person in business and life does some sort of mediation practice.

    I get up early in the morning and greet the day on a short meditation. It gets me out of myself and helps me to appreciate my place in the universe And I can go back there at any time during the day if I need to.

    I’m sure that now that your secret is out, there will be a good number of your friends who will out themselves as well.

    Peace.

    1. Hey Tim, oh yes, I heard that too. That’s really something isn’t it?
      So happy to hear that you start your day with a short meditation as well. I’m sure it sets the tone of your day and makes a whole lot of difference in the way you go about things.
      Thanks so much for sharing that 😀

  2. #“Why the hell are you doing that for?”😂, that most definitely sounds like the typical misunderstood Trini. I think part of the reason for not taking meditation seriously besides the unawareness is we have a culture of being spiritually immature, as such all the benefits you identified appear to be very far-fetched and taboo to many as you pointed out. Its important that we all just be still, and quiet our thoughts for prolonged periods, it really reveals a-lot. This practice is great for problem-solving, if we go within first for answers its amazing what can be revealed at times.
    Very nice read again Candice

    Regards

    Peter

    1. Hey Peter, hahaha… yep! I think it’s also just the whole western culture. As you said, we have a culture of being spiritually immature. I recall sometime ago my bf recommended to his mother to do a daily meditation to help with a minor health issue she was having. She agreed to do it, but stopped after her husband talked her out of it because he thought meditation was ridiculous.

      So yep, as Trinis can be quite fixed in our ways when it comes to opening our minds to new methods of doing things. I hope that way of being phases out with each coming generation.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

  3. My meditations often lead me into very imaginative inner journeys where dreamlike imagery gives me answers to my deepest questions. I don’t practice often enough to really quiet my mind, but it does help to focus. Thanks for the post.

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