How the Process Started
I was fresh out of high school; I didn’t have to worry about waking up at six in the morning every day. I was taking about two courses at my community college at the time and everything seemed easy. What was there to stress about? I was content with my part time job and I was enjoying the process of going into young adulthood. There was one thing though, I didn’t know how to enjoy all the free time that I had on my hands. This led to overthinking, stress, and you guessed it more anxiety than I can handle. It wasn’t until later that year that I discovered the art of meditation and the impact that it had on people. Although all the research I had done was mostly on YouTube videos and a few books, something about this practice spoke to me. It was then where I decided to take a seat on the floor and close my eyes for 10 minutes and let my mind do whatever it wanted, leading me into a deep place within myself that I have never experienced before, a place of acceptance.
The Changes That Only I Saw
I carried this new and exciting method with me into my first year on a university campus. It naturally became part of my daily routine. As soon as I woke up it was time to meditate, I now had something to look forward to in the morning. When going on with my day, I realized that I was remembering things that I never really used to think about. Those things included random conversations that I would have throughout the day, the faces of people who I would walk by in the library and motivating mantras that I would read about the day prior or weeks prior. Although I would like to say that my days were always bright and filled with spirit, that would simply be a lie. Yes I would still have days that felt like the worst and days where I didn’t even feel like getting out of bed, but meditation gave me the power to notice when I was feeling a certain emotion and the power to stay calm in those situations as well. From an outside perspective I probably seemed like a guy that was just going through life’s up and downs, but I can honestly say that I was going through a spiritual change in those moments.
Does It Really Work?