A lot of my mentors (that I haven't met yet) have spoken about the importance meditation plays in their lives. From Kendrick Lamar to Vashtie, Auntie Oprah to Russell Simmons. Just like it took them a while to get to where they're at, it took me a while to get here.
The people closest to me know the importance of positive affirmations, as I tend to correct them on how they speak about themselves.
"I'm lazy AF"
"No, you can learn to use your time more productively"
Meditation started for me through Yoga with Adrienne, yoga has brought me a new level of peace I never knew I could find. Which pushed me to dig deeper and practice stillness. I remember reading Success through Stillness in college and being curious about this world I had no idea about.
Meditation helps me quiet the noise from the outside. Just like a boat can't drown without letting the water in, no negativity can get within me because it's already blocked. It's important for me to mediate 20-30 minutes in the morning before I start my day.
If it's important to you, you'll make time for it.
Where did I start? With headphones and guided mediation on YouTube. Mindfulness meditation is a great place to start. Russell Simmons' books taught me to repeat Rum in my head if I get distracted, and to set a timer on my phone so I won't focus on how much time I have left. Sidenote: I've learned to sleep with my phone on airplane mode if I want to get a good nights rest, no distractions-just sleeping (everything else can wait) and I have my phone on airplane mode while I'm meditating.
Meditation is instrumental to my self care because if I find myself putting it off, I'm off. If anything costs you your peace, it's too expensive. So if my ego is jumping in & saying reckless things, I need to take a step back & I usually realize I'm not at peace with something.
The people around me knew I wasn't myself for a while, I was very unhappy with my life- I felt like I wasn't living my best life. I decided to break that cycle; I let go of some baggage that wasn't even mine to hold in the first place & trusted my intuition more & more. (That vision brought me to my own apartment a month later which I'm beyond grateful for.)
Throughout my battles with depression, I always know that there is a better life out there for me, somewhere. Meditation reminds me that this path was chosen for me, I have awesome people cheering me on & it's ok to have people that aren't because that turns into motivation as well. It helps me smile more, stops me from over thinking, and I trust the process one step at a time.
While I have my personal goals that I treasure and rightfully keep private, I love manifesting it publicly with my affirmations. I am strong, I am bold, I am creative, I am prosperous, I am wise, I am a visionary, I am blessed.