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For me "MEDITATION" terminology was quite boring and petrifying in the beginning. Growing up in a traditional, middle-class family carved by roots those are deep had a definition of MEDITATION.
I used to giggle, tease and make fun of meditation whenever my mother used to tell me or try to convince me to do it for my study concentration in school times. I suppose the dent wasn't in the process but the way it was traditionally and culturally notorious.
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Meditation for me was sitting in one place, becoming a yogi sort of and chanting the mantra "OM". (In my head... Ooommmm)
Note: Please don't take me wrong I'm not here to push you towards any disbelief or criticizing any methodology or any religious faith behind it. It just didn't make any sense to me of being able to concentrate on one thing with the whole bunch of anxiety, fear and excitement inside me. It made more sense if it was guided meditation for relaxation and I was able to talk to myself and relax, be mindful.
On top, I have always hated forceful actions to be taken.
If at all meditation gave me the power to concentrate it had to be by willingness. By willingness I mean by one's choice. Anyhow, like someone said let's cut the story short. I have never practiced meditation until I became an adult and surprisingly learned from my younger one (younger sister). They say "many times a kid, a teenager, a young girl/boy teaches us life's best lessons and makes you aware of unknown". This is what happened to me. Not that I was depressed or sad to take up meditation neither I was looking for anxiety meditation perhaps that's the most common reason an individual takes up meditation. wasn't true in my case though.
I believed in this
"Spiritual But Not Religious". I often had a zest of diving in my spiritual space. Coming back to the younger sister's reference, one fine day she suggested me to take up meditation or give it a try. When she referred my first question was the obvious one. Is the traditional way? Do I need to chant any mantra?
And guess what the answer was "NO". It was exciting and encouraging.
Next, she said, "Di you can relax, sleep, lay down, put on your earphones and do it whenever you want it you're free". It has a 10 minute guided meditation. It has a beginner meditation, you don’t need to worry too much just use it and check for yourself. Even the interface is quiet eye-catching and captivating. Wow! I was on cloud nine then as it was one solution to all my problems and curiosity. I was always into getting some headspace. Isn't it interesting, you’ve got the answers now? My curious cat had come out of the box probing questions and here we're wearing earphones, laying down and listening to a magical voice. Yes, it's magical. It’s soothing, it's guided meditation for deep sleep and relaxation, it's guided meditation for mindfulness, it's focused and the best part is even a naive fellow can start with it as it includes beginner’s meditation. By now, you must have guessed it's something on the mobile phone. Yes, it's an application which did and is still doing wonders in my life. I installed this app known as HEADSPACE. It starts self-explanatory with its name itself of exactly what it will do to you. I got comfortable with my headspace meditation, I get my headspace sleep. I think it’s one of the best guided meditation I have come across.
Disclaimer: Please don't expect instant results. For me, it's been over a year now and still, I'm not regular.
You'll need to hold your horses before you grab the bull by its horns. You'll be in the pink of your mental health only if you take it one day at a time, go slow but be consistent. Headspace meditation is best for those who are looking out for beginner meditation and want to start from scratch. Go get your headspace meditation now.
Headspace: Sleep and Meditation made simple.
Download Headspace App.
Take free trial:
Start with its basic free version.
Headspace not only guides in meditation but it's a package where you get sleep sounds, a meditation for happiness, meditation for stress, anxiety meditation, meditation for healthy living, meditation for sleep and some animated video for guidance if you're green to the meditation world or experience. Cheery on the cake is its group meditation if you have got that vibe of getting along with people for your energy source.
Using Headspace will surely reduce anxiety,
Make you more in control of yourself,
Help you de-clutter your mind and finally help you focus on things "YOU" want to focus on.
After practicing HEADSPACE over a year, I have found a NEW ME, who is more in control of her mind, body and soul. It’s time to get your headspace.
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- a method that divides a task into multiple steps
- it's a step by step approach
This blog is going to be a bit different than my usual blogs. It took a while for me to narrow down things and write a blog on this book. Yes, I'm talking about
Kaizen by Sarah Harvey. It's one of my go-to book for any problems I may have. It's that one book which will always be in the front stack in my bookshelf. It's that one book which will never be outdated or old school.
It's that one book which can be read by any age group and still it'll benefit them all.
Now you know, why it must have taken a while for me to sum up and share the secrets or break it down into an easy way.
This time it's not only going to be a blog but learnings' from the book in the form of info-graphics.
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Kaizen - Life approach
In daily life, we find it extremely difficult to stay up with habits. And because of the unproductive habits we often lose on our goals and targets, we often become a target of health diseases. Here, the Kaizen approach comes into consideration. It helps you focus on the little things in life, changing small habits incrementally, rather than taking big dive without proper care or making dramatic changes which lead to failure ultimately.
Sometimes, it's a unanimous approach that is taken by the whole family to reach a certain family goal.
Kaizen is also a business methodology, however mostly used for personal development.
Kaizen methodology tools you up with tips and useful tricks that you can apply to your existing habits and then change them. You can tailor build a Kaizen approach as per your own need. Everybody's approach would be a varied one, as their needs and goals would be distinctive. Remember, only you have the potential to overhaul your current habits and demolish the unproductive ones.
Kaizen the word, is a noun. It's a Japanese word that means improvement. No matter whether the improvement is small or big, timed or continuous.
What did I learn from Kaizen?
It's a systematic plan, it can be worked with any existing habit and at an own pace. It can be modified as per my convenience. It breaks down the heavy load of achieving the bigger and humongous goals into smaller and compact steps. Once the plan is ready, it can be implemented daily with my other routine or mundane activities. Life becomes pretty easy, I can now maintain sustainable changes in my habits and behaviour.
The Kaizen philosophy assumes that our way of life - be it working life, our social life, or our home life - deserves to be constantly improved.
- Mr Masaaki Imai.
People often take new year resolutions for a better change or a better lifestyle whether it's on a personal level or professional level. However, the zeal to do so or to take a bigger leap fails miserably within a few days or weeks or months. You get tired of the change that you have made recently or you don't get time to resume the newly developed habit. You're loaded with new responsibilities, new challenges, new workload and this is when everything goes for a toss. (dries off). Things just get out of your control and you start cribbing on small things, within no time you reach the high point and completely stop the newly build activity and feel guilty for the rest of the year. It not only mentally distracts you but also affects your current performance. Here, Kaizen plays a vital role. Kaizen methodology makes some teeny-weeny changes and gradually helps you to reach the set goal or maintain your resolutions.
Let's understand by an example:
New Year Resolution: Joining a gym for weight loss
Start date: 1 Jan 2020
End date: 15 Jan 2020
Activity buildup: Spend 1 hour in the gym and get trained for weight loss.
During the activity: Find it difficult as your body doesn't easily adapt the new change, you face new challenges in the office and hence it's tedious to cope up with the schedule and still take out time to go to the gym, you get tired and skip one day, next day you become more lethargic as you feel it's okay to skip another day, after a few days you feel nothing is happening it's a waste of time and money.
Result: You couldn't survive with the bigger and major schedule change and hence couldn't reach the goal.
New Year Resolution: Weight loss journey
Start date: 1 Jan 2020
End date: Tentatively 10 Oct 2020
Target: 10 Months / 5 kilos weight loss
Be specific and time if possible.
Activities: Rather than going for a major shift in routine and forcing yourself on harsh reality, break it down and make things simpler and easier. Think of some smaller changes that can be given a try without even disturbing your current habits or work schedule.
1. Climb stairs whenever possible instead of using elevators.
2. Cut down on junk food - like instead of gulping down a packet of wafers alone, offer it your friend or colleague and share the packet. Likewise, you can have many examples.
3. Start a 5 minutes exercise in the morning using your mobile app, just to feel good and energetic.
4. Cut down on white sugar slowly. Add on substitutes like jaggery or honey. Replace the container in your kitchen with jaggery granules and use it while making tea or coffee. This will help you form a healthy new habit without even compromising or making a major shift. Initially, the taste might bother you but with times, you'll be okay.
5. Start taking charge of some household chores. Household chores are a great way for weight loss whether it's sweeping the floor, or arranging your wardrobe. It engages you physically which in return helps you become more active, and loosen your fat.
Aren't these five steps a great way to bring that change in your daily dose and make some remarkable achievement eventually.
I know some might still feel that these are too many steps and there's a constant pressure of recollecting these. But remember, you have a couple of days to make a list and tick one at a time and gradually increase the habits. Some habits might just be a part of you for the rest of your life, isn't that a magnificent achievement? Making smaller and invisible changes in your daily routine will smoothly make you do those things without even you taking the pressure of recollecting or redoing it.
Habits are a great form of self-development.
This is just one example, but Kaizen has it all.
When I finished this book, the only words that I came up with were
"Wow! finally, I have found all of my answers. It's amazing to feel happy when your doubts are solved and that too in a simple manner. You name a problem and Kaizen has an answer for it". That's the beauty of Kaizen methodology.
Here I would like to mention, Kaizen isn't an instant two-minute magic approach. It's a process that changes you from within and helps you grow in your good habits and eradicate the unpleasant ones. It's a process full of action-oriented steps with some invincible changes in your routine yet gives you surprising and impactful results.