Switch Off

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Do you guys do yoga or meditate? Lately I hit a rough patch with meditiation and I can't switch off for some reason. My thoughts and "to do" lists are "talking to me" while I'm trying. Then yesterday I saw this little guy (his name is Oliver) doing exactly that and now I'm determined to find the time (and a way) to get back to it. Dears, if you meditate or learning to: what do you use? Do you listen to music on your ipod? Or maybe you have some cool technique you would like to share with us :) xoxo

P.S: meditation and breathing tips.

(photo by Stephanie)

42 comments:

marissa said...

meditating is so hard for me too! i try to concentrate fully on my breathing, and if i do have thoughts i "inhale" the positive ones and "exhale" the negative ones. :)

life and the little things... said...

I find meditating impossible. So when you find the key to switching off...let me know ; )
Alison

Monica from Hola!design said...

Good morning! I just did some yoga, that's what I do to switch off. I find it hard to meditate. I try just to picture a landscape or somewhere beautiful and focus on my breathing. I aim for 3 minutes but sometimes I get interrupted with my thoughts.
Meditating is not easy! I love this little guy!!! Maybe soothing music is a good idea to do it.

Have a good day!!!

Diana Mieczan said...

So glad to know that Im not the only one who thinks that meditation is not easy!! Ufff

Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a good idea, Marissa and Monica, I also get interrupted by my thoughts (all the time) and I totally should look for some soothing music! Thanks:)

Alleen said...

What a great pic...love it! I try to meditate but I need complete silence and that's extremely rare in my house and if I sit still too long I just fall asleep, LOL! But afterwards, I feel so alive and refreshed! xoxo

Brittany H. said...

I'll be honest, I've never been able to meditate. I've tried for years. I'm way to Type A for it. And it's ok with me. My form of meditation comes in a beer. Lol.

Hugs,
www.brittanyhavican.blogspot.com

Krystal said...

For me it definitely starts with getting away from my office area, to do lists and computer...i start with out of sight out of mind, haha :)

Googlover/keishua said...

I think thoughts are normal. Even great mediators are still thinking thoughts. I think the goal is not to be hijacked by those thoughts. I think mantras are good for focusing. It is really easy to lose your breathe and focus but that does not mean you are not good. You are just normal. Very few people in the world can sit down and have not thoughts. I bet that kid is thinking thoughts but just not getting lost in them. Even if you get lose in your thoughts regular practice will cultivate a deep acceptance of your imperfection.

Couture Carrie said...

I am a yoga instructor!
Love meditation!

xoxox,
CC

Styles 'n Cream said...

I love doing yoga but when it comes to meditating I fail so badly .. I've tried so many times but even if I picture a landscape or just listen to some soft music, I still get thoughts in my head. So hard to switch off 100% everything.

Carly said...

Quiet time just makes me think about ALL the things I need to do before the day is through...it stresses me OUT instead of de stressing me..argh.

I take a dance class...you have to "think" about the moves/choreography the whole time and I LOVE to dance...so it allows me to forget everything for an hour.

happy thursday:)
C

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i do both - i like putting on nature music sometimes - i like the peacefulneass of the sounds

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Vinda Sonata said...

i do pilates regularly, and whenever i feel that great need to "switch off" a bit, i change my exercises into relaxation mode, which means less work/ contraction for ab muscles and focus more on releasing. i usually do spine stretches forward, cross spine stretches, leg stretches (hamstrings, inner thighs and side leg muscles area), arm stretches series, focusing more on shoulder socket area.

i do relaxation exercises at night before i go to sleep, and i do them all the time while listening to duke ellington. works for me :)

good luck !

Annie said...

I do both and have been trying to do both more regularly lately! Makes such a difference.. I love this little guy meditating - too cute!
I agree with Erika - I love some nature sounds in the background. Also for meditation - I like complete darkness with just a candle or two. Sometimes I just concentrate on the candle and I find that helpful..

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

I dont do yoga, But does the Wii yoga count? If so I am a pro and so is my son.

Jillian said...

i dont really meditate but i think its something i should try. usually i go to the gym during the day for about an hour to escape the office and its my way of destressing. this could be a good one for the weekend! xoox jcd

abby | ybba said...

oh my god :O
that kid is meditating! O_O he's so adorable! maybe you should try his ipod trick too. it's a sign!

Noodles and Waffles said...

One of my coworkers teaches a meditation class to help people learn how to meditate. I'd imagine this would be incredibly helpful...especially for someone as scattered as I am.

Cara said...

I really need to get back into it...I was in the best shape doing pilates!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

when i zone out, i love to either go on a walk and turn on the ipod. not really meditation but just having some alone time does me good :)

photohogger said...

Does yoga count?
This little guy is adorable!

mermaid gallery said...

I throw on my potters wheel...working with clay is the ultimate meditation.....

Sunny & Star said...

I've tried meditating several times in the past but have never been able to clear everything else out of my head. I've read a lot about how good it is for you. I think I'll give it another try.

Dionne said...

I don't do yoga, but I do seek that calm and quiet when I am trying to focus on God in my prayer time. It can be difficult in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but when I need to focus, i just close my eyes and think of the blessings in my life - that then brings me to a strong feeling of gratefulness. When I realize how blessed I am, all the worries of life fade away and help me to focus on my time with God.

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

at the end of a really challenging session of yoga, i find it pretty easy to meditate. if i haven't got some good exercise, then it's pretty hard to turn my brain off.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Meditating is so hard or me to do...herd o focus and keep my mind from thinking about a million other things!

Jen said...

I hear ya! My mind is usually racing with thoughts and ideas and things I need to do and places I need to go. So hard to shut that off! How does one shut that off??

Happy Thursday Dear! xo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I don't meditate but this little guy is inspiring me!

Tish said...

I've never been able to quiet the monkey in my brain. Sadly...

Chiara said...

I really wish I could medidate.. I am always under so much stress that all my to do lists just keep rushing through my mind... Good luck
xoxo

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

I don't do yoga or meditate but when I need to close the world off for awhile I take a long bath with a glass of wine. Is that meditating? ha

Diana Mieczan said...

Thanks for all those tips, girls! They are fantastic!!!

Diana Mieczan said...

Googlover/keishua, that is so interesting and I feel so much better knowing that!

Christine said...

It really is crazy hard to make time for meditation - actually sitting down and letting go. The only time I seem capable is at the end (and only at the end!) of a yoga class, for savasana. I guess that's the whole point of yoga, to get you off that hamster wheel long enough to do some meditation. I keep meaning to do it at home but somehow it never seems to happen...

(and PS to all those who commented that they can never clear their minds when they try - no one can! I think even the most dedicated practitioners strive for a grand total of 15 seconds of inner silence! Everyone I've ever talked to says that it's all about coming back to the breath every time your mind wanders, ie constantly)

Wendy said...

This is part of what I teach people, if you'd like some tips, feel free to send me an email and i'll hook you up. :)

Melisande said...

i'm actually able to zone out and empty my mind while i'm working out on the stairmaster. that usually works for me, otherwise a yoga session with my sister helps.

b. said...

i'm not fantastic at meditating, however, there is a great little tutorial on the guardian website at the moment (see my post - http://aprettyplacetoplay.blogspot.com/2011/02/wellbeing.html) that has helpful looking tips! i do do yoga and love it, it makes me feel so well and strong and really clears my head)

x.

Diana Mieczan said...

Annie, thanks for the candle tip:) Im going to try it tonight:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Thank you so much, darlings. You all are fantastic and I cant wait to try those tips!

SJ said...

i've decided to take a meditation course next month just to get me started. Having more right into the city, I realise how important it is to have some calm, quiet time so i thought i would give this a go. obviously i can't offer any tips yet but i hope everyone else's help!

and yes, will definitely let you know how the gnocchi making goes!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I really think I need to start meditating. It looks so peaceful! =)

Melanie's Randomness

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