LIFESTYLE

Meditation 101

I’ve been going back and forth about doing a post on meditation. I honestly didn’t think you all would be interested in hearing this from me but in Paris, I posted that I was meditating and I got an overwhelming amount of DM’s and comments about it!

Disclaimer: I’m not a yogi and I’m not an expert, I’m just sharing my story about why I started and how it’s helped me and my lifestyle! Keep scrolling to read my 101 on meditation:

WHO

Anyone who’s looking to bring more sanity, clarity, and calmness to their life.

I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of meditation. When I’ve heard people talk about it I was never able to relate, which is why I dismissed it for such a long time.

This past year, I’ve increasingly felt like my world was spinning too fast ahead of me and I would get so anxious just thinking about what I had to do on a day-to-day basis. I soon realized that I was just creating a stress that wasn’t even there.

WHAT

Meditation, for me, has been more of a mindset shift than anything else. Before I started meditating in the mornings, I used to wake up every morning by my alarm clock, get myself and Chloe ready, rush out the door and that would set the tone for my day.

WHEN

Meditation forces me to wake up at least 30 to 40 minutes before I start my day or workout. At first, it’s a little strange because you have to embrace being calm, the quietness and being still. I like to do it before Chloe and Allen wake up so I have some time to myself. It took me a full week to get used to feeling okay with just doing “nothing.” It allows me to free up mental space to create a place for more ideas and creativity throughout the day.

WHERE

Anywhere! If you’re a beginner like me, it’s recommended to be in a quiet space at first. But soon enough, once you get the hang of it and learn how to zone out- then you can do it anywhere. In your (parked) car, at work- anywhere! During Paris Fashion Week, I would meditate on my bed in my hotel room. I still haven’t perfected meditating with a toddler running around, but that will be an updated future post! 😉

HOW

There are so many ways you can meditate! You can do it during yoga or a meditation class, read a book on it, an app, or a podcast. Personally, for me, I’ve been using an app called HeadSpace (this is the app that I put on my IG stories!) I love how it breaks it down and it really walks you through it. At first, it almost seems too simple and repetitive, but it’s through repetition and consistency that you’ll see yourself improving!

Another podcast that I really love for meditation, is called Affirmation Pod. I also use it when working out! It’s more affirmations than it is meditation, but it really helps to calm me. What I like about it is that it has different affirmations for different situations. For example, they have affirmations for mornings, at night, when you don’t want to get out of bed and positive body image!

Meditation may not be for everyone but I just wanted to write this because it’s something new in my life that’s impacted me in such a positive way.  I plan on continuing this- so I’ll keep you posted on how I’ve improved! Since I’m such a newbie, if you have any tips/thoughts for meditation, please leave them in the comments below I’ll greatly appreciate it!  Or, if you have any questions, ill try to answer to my best ability!

sigxo_chriselle

21 Comments
  • tanja says:

    This is great and i have to meditate too because it´s so important to have me time!
    xo tanja
    http://www.tanjabock.com

  • Linda Tran says:

    Always good to be meditating! It helps with my anxiety!

    Linda
    http://lindatenchitran.com/2017/10/13/cozy-pink-cardigan-fall/

  • Jandrew says:

    Darling this is such an important subject . I have suffered from anxiety and depression for most of my life . Discovering mediation has been a real source of wellness. The quieting of a frantic mind and to find some peace and mindfulness are key to mental health . We are all so busy multitasking and juggling hectic lives that we really need a time for calm I have found a way to live in the moment , calm my anxiety and find inner peace . Great post !
    Jandrew
    Dress The Part
    http://www.jandrewspeaks.com

  • Thank you for sharing this Chriselle. I have been contemplating doing yoga for some time now as I do need a bit more calmness in my life. Meditating is great but I don’t think I have enough patience to sit still for even 5 minutes in silence however this is maybe the right way to train myself !

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  • Elizabeth says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about meditating, and honestly for such a busy body like me, I think it’ll really help with my stress and anxiety! Haha I remember when I used to take yoga classes, meditation was always the part that I looked forward to the most! 🙂 <3

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Yuyouyou says:

    I started mediation in a meditation class several years ago. And at the very beginning, i tried my best to concentrate myself in and soon i love it! Since there were little people intrested in so it had been canceled…So i tried to mediating when i waked up early in the weekend mornings ! Now i decide to restart it…Thank U!And i am looking forward the following posts!

  • Lily Manon says:

    I always try to include meditation whenver I can, thank you for your advice.
    Your nails are pretty pretty, what nailpolish did you use?

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  • Magda says:

    Meditation is a great solution to stress, great post!

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  • Mireia says:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

  • Agree! Beauty and health is internal and external.
    Thank you, Chriselle!

  • Absolutely love it. Agree!
    Thank you, Chriselle.
    Beauty is internal and external + health, peace and happiness!

  • Alina says:

    I try to include meditation in my daily life as much as possible, sometimes it’s just enough to make yourself present, noticing every single details around you. It is such a great way to refresh your head!

  • Kimberly says:

    I just started using Headspace! I’m only on day 8 and I am already enjoying it. Great post!

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    It’s one of the greatest practice for the mind and body … I love ❤️ a bit of meditation before bed and early morning rise. Something’s money just cannot compete with! Love ❤️ this post! 🙂

    🍂🍁LA BIJOUX BELLA 🍂🍁| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Imagining meditating with a toddler running around now… If you get that down, you are superwoman!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • LENA Revealed says:

    I’ve heard of Headspace too….I have to check it out. Thanks

    -L.
    LenaRevealed.com

  • Naty Diaw says:

    I love to meditate. it’s so important
    xx
    https://www.closettostreet.com/

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