What One Year of Meditation Has Taught Me

[This post is Part 2 of a 3-Part Series. A link to Part 1 appears below…]

One year ago I started this blog. I had never blogged before. It has been a journey. You can read that post titled ‘What One Year of Blogging Has Taught Me‘, which is Part 1 of this 3-Part series.

One year ago, the same week I began blogging for the first time, I also began meditating for the first time in my life. Lots of changes.

Meditation was something that had intrigued me for some time. I simply decided to put it into action…. to start somewhere… so I did.

What Does My Personal Meditation Practice Look Like?

I meditate on a daily basis. I usually do short (3 to 5-minute) guided meditations using the Aura app for iPhone. I meditate first thing in the morning, every morning. Lately, I have been experimenting with other apps like Insight Timer, but also just setting a 10-minute timer on my phone and concentrating on the breath for 10 minutes.

Why Do I Meditate?

I meditate to maintain a positive outlook. For me, meditating first thing in the morning helps set my positive mood and an intention for my day. I meditate to maintain happiness, gratitude, contentment, and to live intentionally, maintain perspective and to find purpose.

Would I Recommend Meditation to Others?

I would highly recommend meditation to anyone. It can help you focus, release stress, be more alert and even enhance your ability to learn and perform at work or school.

One thing to keep in mind… it is all a journey and a learning experience. I think you have to follow your instincts and do what you feel is best for your practice according to your personal goals. I have also done group meditations. Awesome for learning, growing and finding inspiration! Never underestimate the value of having a community of like-minded individuals!

Try it out. If it doesn’t work, switch it up. Try something else. By consistently iterating, you should be able to find something that works for you.

A year of meditation has been amazing for me. I have learned a lot about myself in the process. It has definitely been a very rewarding experience. But the most rewarding thing about the last year of blogging and my meditation practice has been community!

Community and Gratitude

The third word in my blog name is “Connect”. This was intentional. For me, a core part of my journey was about connecting with others who shared similar interests. I am extremely grateful to have the support of some awesome people both in person and virtually:

  • My Blogging community
  • My Mindfulness community
  • My Salesforce community… my Ohana
  • My FI community
  • My Travel community

If my blog has inspired you please consider supporting it in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Follow my blog by clicking the black FOLLOW button at the bottom of any post
  2. Comment in the comment section below
  3. Share my blog with a friend who you think might find it inspirational
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Thank you all for a year of support!

P.S. The headline image for this post is of the tiny ‘Crooked Bridge’ in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina taken in October 2017. The Crooked Bridge stands almost in the shadow of the much larger and much-photographed Old Bridge that is the centerpiece of Old Town Mostar. This smaller Crooked Bridge dates to at least 1558 and was built in the Roman style with its beautiful arch. It was reconstructed in 2002 with assistance from the UNESCO organization.

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