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Meditation Is Not A Perfect Practice, But It's Still Worth Your Time

You'll thank me later.

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I began doing yoga a few years ago, and I instantly loved it. The combination of stretching, mental relaxation, and emotional release is amazing. It creates a sense of zen and peace in my life that I can use during the stress that comes from school, work, and everyday life. But the one part of yoga that I am not in love with is the meditation aspect.

I absolutely dread meditation. I do not know what it is, but I can never quite seem to get my mind to quiet down. No matter how hard I try, there is always a million thoughts running through my brain. "Did I finish that homework assignment?" "Am I breathing too loud? Can other people hear me?" I become so focused on other things happening around me that I just can't seem to calm down and relax.

But meditation is not about just clearing your mind and going completely blank. It is about focusing on a single thought, object, or intention and just allowing those emotions and feelings to overcome you. Focusing on one intention in your life allows you to become focused and re-centered. Meditation is not a set in stone practice, it is adaptable based on each person's needs.

There are seven general types of meditation: loving-kindness meditation, body scanning meditation, mindfulness meditation, breath awareness meditation, kundalini yoga, Zen meditation, and transcendentalism meditation. Each of these general types can be adapted to fit ones specific needs in that time. All seven of these meditations offer stress release options to help with daily stressors and inconveniences.

There is no perfect way to meditate. Meditation can also be as simple as just closing your eyes and simply breathing for a few seconds while focusing on one important thing in your life to help you remain grounded. There is no one set meditation type that works for all people. Some people enjoy all of the forms or even several of them, while others such as myself strictly enjoy the body scanning meditation.

The body scanning meditation focuses on scanning the body for areas of tension and to encourage the release of tension in that part of the body. Once the release occurs, the whole body can begin to relax even more. It usually starts by focusing on the toes and relaxing then moving up the legs, the torso the arms to the fingertips, and all the way through to the tip of the head.

My ideal meditation type is not for everyone. Playing around with the different types of meditations is the best way to find an ideal type of meditation that fits what the body needs. Unlike with most things, practice doesn't make perfect. Practicing the art of meditation just helps to refine the overall calm and zen that is felt.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Don't Let The Gym Bros Scare You, Here Are 9 Tips For Feeling More Confident In The Gym

Sometimes the gym can be pretty intimidating, especially when you see a bunch of huge, muscular guys huffing and puffing as they lift twice their body weight.

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It's getting to that time of year where if you haven't already stopped working towards your New Year goals, you're likely thinking about it. For a lot of people, that means they stop going to the gym. Sometimes the gym can be pretty intimidating, especially when you see a bunch of huge, muscular guys huffing and puffing as they lift twice their body weight. However, you need to be mentally strong as well, and hopefully, these tips can keep you motivated and confident!

1. First and foremost, you need to realize and believe most people aren't going to be paying attention to you

The number one concern most people at the gym have is that they feel like they're being watched. More often than not, people are more focused on themselves than others. It can be easy, especially as a girl, to feel like you're being watched. Just keep reminding yourself that they don't care what you're doing, and even if they do, that doesn't matter or change your workout.

2. Act like you know what you're doing, even if you don't!

If you come off as confident and look like you know your stuff, people who are watching will likely be impressed.

3. Listen to loud music that pumps you up

This will help keep you focused on yourself and motivate you even more.

4. Get involved in classes

This is a great way to switch up your routine and try new things to keep yourself interested in going to the gym.

5. Find a workout buddy

Even if you don't specifically do your workouts together, having a gym buddy will hold you more accountable for making it to the gym.

6. Create a routine

Putting the gym in your schedule and trying to go around the same time helps keep things consistent and it will just feel like part of your day rather than a task you have to do.

7. If you really feel uncomfortable at you gym, try other gyms

Most gyms have a few days for a free trial, so this is the best way to make sure you will feel good at the gym. Being comfortable in the gym is going to make a huge difference when it comes to your motivation for working out. If you feel awkward and like you don't belong there, you may not work out as long or do as much as you're capable of doing.

8. Keep track of your progress

While seeing physical results may take a while, writing down differences in times and weights will give you a visual of your progress. Seeing this will help keep you motivated so you are aware of what is changing and you will want to keep going.

9. Have fun!

Working out should not be a chore. You should find ways to make it fun and rewarding. Always try new things and stay confident!

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