I have been using meditation in my life since I was around eleven years old. The first meditation I learned was a simple countdown focussing on breathing. I still use it now. After a time I found others, some stayed, some didn’t. In the last few years, I have started using meditations of my own devising and these seem to be serving me better. Having time to focus, purely on myself without distraction feels like an incredible gift. It isn’t doing

Having time to focus, purely on myself without distraction feels like an incredible gift. It isn’t doing nothing or being bored, it is a time when my relaxation is my utter priority, and from that, my mind can wander. Some meditations advocate clearing your mind, others focus on allowing all thoughts to pass without judgement. I generally use this time to explore what thoughts have most readily surfaced. There is no right or wrong, it is whatever has served me best at the time. Occasionally I use online meditations. I found these to be extremely useful when I have gone through phases of insomnia.

Occasionally I use online meditations. I found these to be extremely useful when I have gone through phases of insomnia. Currently, I am not experiencing this, but I still enjoy the meditations. I love being read to, stories as a child, shared reading as an adult, and hearing the melody of a gentle voice at bedtime is an utter pleasure for me. I don’t think I ever get through more than around three minutes of the hour long meditations, I am asleep in minutes, their soothing presence is a balm.

I sometimes get this exact same sense of calm when I experience something beautiful.Sometimes walking in a park, or listening to the birds singing outside my window. Wherever I am in my life, I need this sort of space, I need to feel this connection. Everyone has different things that provide this calm for them. I think for me it isn’t that I can’t do these nice things, but it is remembering to do them that becomes contentious. I feel infinitely better when I do, I just don’t always prioritise and this is becoming an active change in my life. Do things that make me feel amazing. This is so obvious it’s easy to see why I overlook it.

Map Point. What uplifts me?

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