Self-Care Saturday: Meditation


This post is geared towards self-care ranging in topic, always published on Fridays so that you can practice self-care on Saturday or Sunday.

Meditation is not what you think it is.

Meditation is not:

  • a practice intended for highly “spiritual” beings, only (monks, nuns, etc.)
  • a practice of getting rid of your thoughts
  • silent
  • seated, only
  • the same everytime
  • easy
  • hard
  • a practice that will eventually lead to enlightenment
  • a practice that helps you become a better version of yourself

Meditation is what you make of it.

Meditation is:

  • a practice
  • a relentless evaluation/exploration of the present movement of life
  • something that can be “done” at any time, any where, in any position (sitting, standing, lying horizontal)
  • a way of understanding what/who you are
  • a way of watching What Is
  • easy
  • hard
  • a practice that leads you to this moment
  • a practice that helps you see the innate goodness you already possess


How does one practice meditation? Despite meditation being an open-ended practice, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re just starting out, or picking up where you left off.

  • There are a LOT of resources out there and many types of meditation to choose from. I suggest finding a mode you resonate with and trying it out.
  • Find a place you feel comfortable sitting in your home; a chair, a couch, a floor cushion. Find a place that is relatively quiet and disturbance-free.
  • Use a timer. Start with 1-5 minutes. Build upon your time each week.
  • Do not judge the quality of your meditation based on how much time was spent in your thoughts, or thought-free.
  • Each time you notice you’re in your thoughts, internally note, “thinking” and return your attention to the sounds you hear and/or your breath.
  • Practice daily, for minimum 1 month before deciding if you’ll continue or not.
  • If you miss a day, who cares! Start again, today, right now.
  • Get clear on why you’re starting a meditation practice to evaluate where the motivation is coming from.
  • Join a meditation group or use a Social App (one of the only social Apps I use!) like Insight Timer.


Benefits of a daily meditation practice:

  • lessens worry, anxiety and impulsivity
  • lessens stress, fear, loneliness, and depression
  • enhances self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • better decision making and creative thinking
  • improves immune system + energy level
  • lessens heart and brain problems
  • reduces blood pressure
  • helps prevent arthritis, fibromyalgia, and HIV


If you still have questions or hesitations about meditation, in my next self-care Saturday (always posted on Friday) post, I will discuss, how to be at ease with what IS.