Yesterday was a pretty tough day dealing with the depression. The fraud stuff and other challenges of the day didn’t help. But by evening, somehow, I felt better. That doesn’t happen much. But I know I’m taking care of myself and I believe it is helping my *whatevers* to be strong and *stuff like that*. I went to bed at nine o’clock and got up feeling pretty refreshed and in good spirits. I learned a new pool workout *thing* that have left my arms feeling pretty awesome! One of my laps around I thought I needed to turn around. What a blessing because one of the ladies, walking near the pool, slipped and fell. I was near her and happened to see her – because I was turned backwards. I raced against the current, to where I could get out. Helping this frazzled sweet lady up, her poor knees and wrists, she said it was only her pride that really hurt. Yeah, I get that.
Despite my vocab that has been challenged today, I’m feeling really great. But one thing that has really helped my vocabulary and my ability to focus and remember things easier is when I meditate. I’d say for the last week I have not taken the time to meditate and now I’m seeing the effects. Over the past few months, I’ve struggled with my diminishing on-the-spot vocabulary, ability to focus and just remembering *happenings*, thank goodness for my calendar! So, I studied how I could stay on top of my vocab, focus, and memory. I read over and over that taking the time to meditate has been shown to help with these … *righto*. I have noticed that when I meditate, my brain is my active and attentive. My words come easier and my memory is sharper.
It’s hard with a busy life to sit and take time to meditate. But I try and find the time. I get out of the pool ten minutes early and sit in the hot tub. I take the time to stretch and meditate. I usually focus on my breathing. I also take some time to focus on positive things while I breathe slowly in and out. I try hard not to let my mind wander. That’s the hard part. But I feel recharged and positive after those 10 minutes. I have noticed a stronger mind, and more balanced, since I started. When I don’t go to the pool but exercise other places or the days I’m “off” (or like today when I didn’t realize the time and it was time to leave for work and I’m still in the pool), the time to meditate just doesn’t happen. And when it doesn’t happen, I see the effects later, like today. Yeah, it’s becoming a necessity to meditate … and a pleasure!
What have you done to recharge yourself today? How does meditation help you? Where is your favorite place to sit and just breathe? Comment below.