Meditating "Didn't Work" for Me Until I Tried This

Deven Hopp
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Lorna Jane

Let me start this by saying this: Meditation doesn’t come naturally to me. I have a hard enough time sitting still, let alone getting my mind to do the same. I’m the one who starts wiggling her fingers and toes in final Savasana just moments after I get there. During those last few minutes of yoga when everyone else is focusing on their practice, I’m thinking about my grocery list, appointments that need scheduling, and the status of various work projects. Quieting my mind has never been one of my strong suits.

But as someone with a considerable amount of stress in her life, a declining memory, and a host of unhealthy habits, I’ve always thought I could use a little “om” time in my schedule. After all, studies show the myriad of meditation benefits—including anxiety reduction, pain relief, and memory improvement. So why not give it a try? I figured that I had nothing to lose.

Keep reading to hear all about my newbie adventures in meditation!

This post was updated by Kaitlyn McClintock.

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