Meditation has drastically helped my life. It gives me an opportunity to listen to myself and all the different thoughts in my head. The trick is not running away with the story. It’s allowed me to take time and weed through the unhelpful voices that I might hear. I call them false narratives and I have a few on repeat.
They usually tell me I’m not good enough, I’m not strong enough, I’m not capable enough.
I know that those unhelpful voices are really just trying to help me there trying to protect me from ridicule or abandonment. Taking the time to notice them instead of pushing them down gives me an opportunity to accept all parts of myself.
I am mostly grateful to this practice for it allowing me to comfort myself. There are times when I feel really overwhelmed and unable to connect with others. if I just take two minutes to lay still and focus on my breath, I start to feel more relaxed, clear, and focused.
Have you tried meditation? How has it impacted you?