Physical fitness means nothing without the mental health to match. If you saw my body at the 2016 Miss USA competition, there's no doubt that my body was at its peak. But, allow me to be candid about my mental states in the months leading up to stepping foot on the Miss USA stage.
Today, I practiced a variation of a technique known as focused attention meditation (aka concentration meditation). While one's focus can be target toward an external object or body part, I like to focus my attention on a short quote or mantra. I like this form of meditation because my needs change daily--all of ours do. On a Monday, we might need a little extra motivation; on a day with a high-stakes meeting, we might need an added boost of confidence; and on a day during which we have a big presentation, a reminder to remain calm might be needed. Today (and most days), I needed compassion.
After today, I've successfully fulfilled my three day commitment to guided meditation, and am now ready to move on. I can remember a time when I loved guided meditation encouraging relaxation and positivity, but much like I've outgrown my attraction to 'thugs' (as a disclaimer, I grew out of that phase in high school), apparently I've also outgrown my attraction to having a charming accent step me through my meditation.
For the next 10 days--during arguably one of the most stressful times of the year--I’m committed to be vulnerable to you and with you as I re-initiate a regular meditation practice. I’m going to consider this page a judgment-free zone, and hope others will share in this journey with me. Who’s hopping on the bandwagon with me?