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Meditation Motivation

Why do I come back to meditation? Because I can’t see how I could go more than two days without meditating. I feel calm, cool, collect, clean and focused when I meditate.

I work nights and all of those things; calm, cool, collect and clean, are vital to maintain. Having a sharp mind can help work past the wall, a time where your body shuts down and want’s you to sleep. I have days where I physically hurt because I’m tired, but because I meditate they are few and far between.

When. I meditate before work. When I really get into it I like to do it twice a day. Time wise this is usually around 8:15 in the morning and 4pm in the afternoon (before sleep and after I wake up).

Why: It helps me process complex feelings, ideas, and de-stresses my body. My mind becomes calm, even with racing thoughts, my emotions are level, the rest it provides gives me an extra boost that sleep can’t.

How: I started a few years ago doing this in one of my college courses. I have a slight advantage because I got a free crash course in meditation. I’m not perfect but I do know some basics. Sit in an upright posture with legs crossed or in a chair with your feet flat on the ground. Hands are relaxed either palm up on your thighs or in a comfortable position. Breathing can be used to keep your focus. Either you conciously take inhales and exhales, or you sit and simply allow yourself to feel the sensation of your breath without any judgement. Simply allow it to go in and out with no control. When your mind wanders just gently bring your focus back to your breath. Eyes should be closed. I sometimes listen to different types of music or YouTube videos. You can find my favorites here.

Myths:

Falling asleep is bad. No, sometimes it just means you need more sleep, so get to it!

I keep drifting into random thoughts. I’m terrible at meditating. Nope! You just need to practice. Your brain will always pull you into something if you don’t have control over it. Practice will bring better results so don’t give up. You are literally training your brain to focus by bringing it back to focus on something.

I can’t meditate for hours or even minutes. It’s a useless practice. Wrong again! Some people have a short attention span. They have been programmed to be in constant motion. With practice, starting with one or two minutes and building up, you can build up your ‘endurance’ to get into a calm and relaxed state, practice will improve results!

I don’t have time. Time is in the eye of the beholder. Like most other things it is based off of our current perception of the world. Ever hear the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’? Same concept. Start tracking your time to become more aware of how much you might be wasting.

Pointers for Night Shift: At the start you’ll be tired and may fall asleep. It’s OK, keep practicing. If you’re afraid of falling asleep and not waking up, you can set a gentle alarm just in case. If you are running low on time, don’t freak out. Sit and take deep breaths, slowing down each breath. Doing this for a minute to 5 minutes will calm you down, focus you and give you a sharper edge. That’s the point isn’t it? You can also do this while at work. I know it helps me through some challenging situations. Our breathing is partially under our control for a reason. It can literally change your physical being in moments if you let it.

I hope you enjoyed reading, feel free to ask me a bit more if you are curious!

Your NightShift Guide -Jay

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