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Personal growth is extremely important if you plan reach success and become the best version of yourself. Every single one of us needs to grow and develop. Focusing your attention on personal growth needs to become your number one goal. Think you can’t do that right now due to other commitments? Remember that the time you invest in yourself, in making you better is actually invaluable. You know what they say, what you give is what you get.

Let’s get straight to the point. How do you actually do it?

One amazing way of working on your personal growth is actually through the practice of meditation. I can’t stress enough how much meditation has helped me become a better person, to be calmer and see things from another perspective. In other words, it makes you be at peace with yourself, helps with clearing your mind and aids with thinking more objectively. But, what is meditation and which are its origins?

Continue reading to find out how to work on your personal growth NOW with the help of meditation!

About meditation and its origins

When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place.

Bhagavad Gita

I find it very interesting how a technique used in the 5th millennium BC is still popular in our day and age. Meditation has ties in ancient Egypt and China. It’s believed that it’s originally from India and throughout the years, neighbourhood countries adopted it.

However, even if specialists can state that meditation began thousands of years ago, the exact date is still uncertain. Imagine that even greek philosophers used to practice meditation in order to improve their philosophical life.

In the past, men and women used to believe they gained wisdom by meditating. Which is actually quite true! During the time when Buddha expanded meditation throughout India, 3 ways of meditation began well known and used.

Jain meditation in India – this type of meditation involves your mantra and thinking deeply about the three pedestals of thinking: focusing your attention on the right faith, knowledge and conduct.

Taoist meditation in China – this practice accentuates on the union with nature and on your inner self.

Confucian meditation in China – in order to engage in this type of meditation you don’t have to stop your thoughts, just to redirect your focus on grasping discipline in your current state.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of meditation now!

1. Meditation keeps the doctor away?

Well, not really, but this practice really improves your health. Meditation is known for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Therefore, it really does a great job in strengthening your immune system.

Keep your mind and body healthy in order to reach success! In order to make your dreams come true, you’ll have to focus on your physical and mental well-being.

2. Focus and concentration for personal growth

Practicing meditation will help you develop your capacity of focus and concentration. During every session, you’ll have to clear your mind completely and concentrate on your inner self. Therefore, after meditation becomes part of your routine, these skills of yours (focus and concentration) will increase significantly.

3. Be confident and grow beautifully

If you meditate, you will also feel more confident. Confident in yourself and that things will work out exactly how you want them to. I believe everyone knows how important confidence really is these days. Reaching success can be easier if you have this trait in your back pocket. So, make the most out of it!

After you start meditating you will see how much self trust and respect you’ve gained. You will learn how to follow your own intuition and how to achieve your goals.

4. Becoming stress-free

Considering how much you have to focus on clearing your mind and relaxing your body if you are in a meditation state, we can all approve that this practice also reduces stress. If you learn how to control your mind and how to get rid of the unwanted thoughts, you can instantly reduce the level of stress you’re confronting with in a day.

If you want to use your full potential, you’ll have to be relaxed and to stop overthinking things.

5. A creativity boost

If you focus your mind on the positive aspects of life and you meditate weekly in order to maintain your personal growth journey, your creativity will increase on the way. It is normal for you to be much more motivated and creative if your mental state is a good one.

Your mind will be able to think further and to gain much more power, which is just amazing.

It’s wonderful to see how many great things you can achieve if you start to practice meditation. Actually, I believe that if you’re on your road to success and you are keen on achieving your goals, meditation will be your best friend. Why? You might ask. The answer is quite simple. Everyone needs an escape from reality. A place where they can stop stressing so much and where they can focus on themselves only. Isn’t it great that we’ve found this place inside our own minds?

If you can learn how to control your mind, body and soul, the power you’ll hold over your life will be amazing. Create a life you love, because I know you deserve it bestie!

All things considered, how did meditation help you during your personal growth journey? Slide in my DM’s on Instagram (@notagirlygal ) and let me know.

Until next time,

Miss Andrada

XOXO

How to set your meditation space might not come so natural when you’re just starting out with your practice. Think of it this way, in order to have a deep meditation session, the state of your mind in that moment is just as important as your surroundings. Today, I’m walking you through the way I am organising my own space and share with you some of my best kept secrets about having a successful meditation session. Let’s begin!

#1 Declutter your surroundings & create your meditation space

A busy space equals a busy mind. No matter what you might think right now, having a cluttered meditation space will actually negatively impact your session. Also, the more you’ll try to ignore it, the more you’ll notice it. Instead, take 15-20 minutes before you start to tidy up your surroundings. I love having a neat desk & night table when I meditate, it’s just one of those things that help me better connect with my mind. Next time you’re considering how to set up your meditation space, make sure this one is up on your list.

#2 Look for natural lighting in your room to enhance your meditation space

This one is powerful! Last Spring, whilst in my Chelsea flat, I came across Bob Proctor and his meditation practices. I was engaging in them quite often. This flat that I mentioned was a real gem for natural lighting. I remember the sun hitting my face once during visualisation. That ray of sunshine stays with me until today. It was the perfect sign for me to know that I can do whatever I envision. Since then, whenever I meditate during the morning, I ensure I get enough natural light. You should definitely try this; begin with little light until you can handle being in front of your window!

#3 Use aromatherapy to lift your mood

One of the most important things I do when I meditate is to use aromatherapy to get into a more spiritual vibe. This way, I ensure I’m offering myself every opportunity I have to make my meditation session a real success. I really enjoy using an aroma diffuser – the ones that I adore right now are by Villa Hermanos in Fig & Amber. Its fragrance makes me dream of a small villa on the Spanish coast, surrounded by pam trees and beautiful flowers. Also, it frees my mind and makes me better focus on my meditation.

Alternatively, in days when I prefer the warm light of a candle and a calm crackle sound, but still want a wonderful fragrance, I turn to my WoodWick Candle. At the moment, I’m using the Island Coconut one and trust me when I say – it smells divine. It takes me back to Punta Cana and makes me believe that everything is possible!

For wax melt lovers out there, I’ve got you covered with the WoodWick Rosewood. Who doesn’t like the smell of a fresh garden while meditating? It’s one of the most freeing scents.

Whatever your preferences are in regards to aromatherapy, on Notino, you will be sure to find your meditation scent.

#4 Adjust your body posture & find comfort

The next thing you have to consider is to adjust your body posture until you find comfort. Contrary to the popular opinion, I like to meditate in my bed – both in the morning and at night. I find that more comfortable, but others prefer a chair, sofa or their floor. Find what works for you and stick to it.

#5 Browse your favourite guided meditation sessions or guide yourself

There are so many apps you can choose from nowadays for guided meditation that with a simple search you’ll be provided with various options. I suggest you to try a few apps or videos until you find those ones that TRULY resonate with you and with what you would like to achieve.

It would be wonderful to know, how are you currently setting up your space? Is there anything you would add to my recommended things to do?

Lots of love,

Andrada