on meditation

My return after vacation at home was rough. I was hit hard with debilitating bouts of homesickness that I hadn’t felt since the first year I started living here. Though it would seem only natural for an expat to be homesick, it was like admitting defeat. I kept trying to reassure myself that it was just the shock of coming back after only two weeks, or that it was just the post-holiday blues and I would snap out of it. How could I just make it go away? I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t laugh, I felt anxious. 
Until I discovered something completely magical and instant: meditation. I don’t even know what it was that lead me to google it, but there I was on the couch, in lotus, breathing in and breathing out. The clarity of mind and instant calm I felt after the first ten minutes was a revelation. It was like my brain could just be serene if only I told it to. That in the face of any problem, stress or discouraging situation I could still be happy and peaceful. I started taking ten minutes every day to sit in a quiet spot of the house and listen to short, self-guided meditations I found on YouTube, and by the third day, I felt so in tune; like everything made sense again. In short, I'm hooked. 

Would you ever try meditation? Have you ever? If you're interested, here's a great article about the benefits of meditation and how to get started. Plus, a meditation guide

20 comments:

  1. krystal/village1/16/2013

    i've never tried it...other than with yoga. but it's not defeat...your homeland is a part of you and you will always miss it :)

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  2. oh no lovely! but it's not defeat at all - it's totally normal. awful, but normal. I'm glad you've found something to help you through it though!

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  3. Elena Isaeva1/16/2013

    I should definitely try it, the state of my mind is really a mess now. Thank you! Looks like I always find something useful for me in your blog!

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  4. jillian1/16/2013

    so glad you found your (quiet) happy place. xoox

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  5. that's sweet of you elena! yes, i highly recommend it!

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  6. thank you dear! you're right. :)

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  7. definitely. maybe (hopefully) just less over time! isn't it great after yoga?

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  8. Mary Krulia1/16/2013

    Thanks for this! I'm going to give it a shot! :)

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  9. Stephanie1/16/2013

    Thanks for sharing this! Last time I tried meditation was when I was studying for the bar exam and it was absolutely impossible to quite my mind, even for 10 minutes. I'd like to try it again this year and also start doing yoga regularly. I'm going to need any and every tool out there to keep stress at a minimum this year. :)

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  10. Vivian Leigh1/16/2013

    I love meditating and you can feel quite loopy yet grounded after a really good practice!

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  11. Dancing Branflake1/16/2013

    You know, my religion talks about meditation a lot yet I have never done it. Thinking I should!

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  12. Brigette1/16/2013

    i love meditation. i always try to make it part of the end of my yoga practice and i'm left feeling so at peace.

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  13. I have tried meditating on and off and I LOVE it after yoga. You have inspired me to give it another try. I am struggling with homesickness as well and long for a quiet sense of peace after moving from Canada to the UK. I completely understand how it feels like you are admitting defeat and yet it is completely being human. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Cara Marissa! Don't you find concentrating difficult? I took a meditation course last year and was terrible at it! (Yoga,on the other hand, has been the best thing that's happened to my life post-living in Italy). I can't believe I never did yoga in college. It has changed my life!

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  15. carrie @ plums in the icebox1/22/2013

    i'm a new meditator myself. well, kind of. starting a meditation practice was one of my new year's resolutions and although i haven't been doing it that much, i have been listening to some guided meditations to calm down when i'm anxious (like you). and WHOA does it help. the word i chose for my 2013 was "mindful" so i hope i can incorporate meditation into my life more, to cut down on my anxiety and just become a calmer person.

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  16. it's one of those things that you have to stick with i think, but once you start for a few days you already start to relax as soon as you sit down to prepare for it! good luck with everything this year stephanie dear!

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  17. absolutely brigette! after yoga it feels so good!

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  18. susan!! actually, i don't think i could do it without the person in the background telling me not to think, haha! and doing one longer than 15 minutes makes my mind wander. but i think it's something you have to practice! that's awesome yoga has been so good for you! i wish i had a nice class to go to, but for now my living room has to suffice! un abbraccio forte forte!

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  19. carrie my dear, anxiety is an ugly beast and i know how you feel! meditating has been SO helpful and especially this series which i signed up for through yoga journal: http://www.yogajournal.com/meditationinvitation/
    it's a 28-day meditating "seminar" of sorts where you do a guided 10-minute a day meditation with a little yoga before, or not if you can't get to it. it's really nice!

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thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, i love reading them so much!

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