This is a video I created to help me with my daily mindful meditation practice. Personalizing it makes it more likely I’ll commit to following my routine.
Tools for a mindful meditation practice
Building and sustaining an effective practice for mindful meditation is a top priority in my weight loss and fitness plan. Consequently, I make use of many tools to improve my efforts.
A regular routine promotes better mental health, improved will power, and stronger emotional state.
Mindful meditation is a deeply personal practice. As a result, it is important that the tools I use make me comfortable and encourage my habit.
Apps that I use
I use a couple of different programs to time my sitting sessions and to keep track of my progress.
My favorite is Insight Timer. It is a free app that I use on my phone. I like it because it has a timer that uses zen-like gongs to ring in each meditation session and to end them. It keeps track of my sessions and gives me a score for practicing without interruption. It also connects me with other people who are meditating. Some are local to me and some are on the other side of the world. It is intriguing to see the great diversity of people who turn to meditation as an aid to mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well being. Insight Timer also has a huge library of guided meditations of varying lengths and topics. If you want to lose weight or sleep better or release anxiety, they have a program that can get you started on that course.
Headspace is another one that I use and really like. There are a ton of guided meditation programs and they have themed meditations for specific topics. It is almost like taking a course in meditation, as each session builds on the one before it. The goal is just as much to teach you to meditate and it is to provide a platform for practice.
Homemade aids for meditation
Personalized aids are something I use to improve my commitment to my regimens. For example, I use logo’ed t-shirts to workout in. I have my own recipes for the foods I eat. For meditating I created a video to help me with my practice.
It is pretty simple and it feels like it fits me. I made it using software from GIMP, Blender, Filmora, Unsplash, and Freesound. I uploaded it to YouTube so it is available to me anywhere at any time.
There is a little opening scene that allows me time to get into my seated position and begin preparing myself mentally. Then a deep gong goes off and a spinning metal mesh sphere appears against a serene backdrop of clouds. The sphere expands and contracts in rhythm with deep breathing and a little caption cue me to “breathe in… breathe out”. Meanwhile ambient sounds cycle through a morning forest, waves on a beach, a tropical thunderstorm, and a creek-side campfire in the evening. Another gong concludes the session, which lasts right at 20 minutes. The video finishes up with affirmations reminding me to carry my mindfulness from my practice into my everyday life.
It’s not perfect, but it is effective and I enjoy using something I created to improve myself. It makes me feel more invested in the process.
I plan on creating more videos around meditation, mindset, and affirmations so that I can continue to develop and improve my practice.
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