May 04, 2022

Steph’s Meditation Journey

I never thought I’d be able to meditate… I’m quite fidgety and my mind is always buzzing. But, I’ve learnt that there’s actually no right or wrong way to meditate, it’s all about giving it a go. 

After getting over that initial worry that I was meditating all wrong with the help of our meditation coach Meg, I began to practice meditation more often. 

Once understanding that it was totally normal and okay for my mind to wonder and that I didn’t need to meditate for long period of time to reap the benefits I became more motivated to make it a staple in my routine.

Now whenever I meditate, I feel so grounded, present, calm and clear in my mind.  Mediation’s impact on my mind, my mood and the remainder of my day never fails to astound me. 

Tell us a little bit about your journey with meditation.

I am by no means an expert when it comes to meditation. I also wouldn’t consider my way of practicing too aspirational either, but it’s certainly realistic and attainable. I’ve always liked the idea of being someone who meditates regularly as everyone I know that meditates on the regular seems to really have a good handle on their mental state and wellbeing.

I was apprehensive to trying meditation out as I’ve always been a fidgeter and thought this would hinder my ability to meditate. I never thought I’d actually be able to reap the benefits of meditation because every time I’d sit down and try, my mind would wonder and I thought that meant I had failed.

However, when we spoke to Meg our KIC meditation coach about how to properly meditate, she affirmed that mind wondering is quite normal and that it absolutely didn’t mean that I wasn’t doing it right or that I wouldn’t be getting anything from the practice.

Once I knew this, my outlook on meditation changed and meditating became a more achievable task because I wasn’t worried about what I believed it ‘should’ look or feel like.

When did you start meditating? How did you come to incorporate meditation into your routine?

I’ve been dabbling in meditation practice for a few years now. My go-to way to practice has been through following the guided meditations in the KIC app.

I first started meditating when I had nights where I was struggling to sleep. When my mind was racing, I would play a KIC meditation as it allowed me to relax and wind down. It was only after using the sleep meditations that my regular practice really started. Now I’ll slide it into my routine how and when I see fit.

When and where do you meditate?

My most common time and place to meditate is on my mat after a KIC yoga flow. Sometimes after shavasana I will just continue to lie there in silence as I focus on my breath. Other times I let the yoga session end and then I’ll pick out a short guided meditation from the app.

What have you experienced as a result of meditating?

I get frustrated with myself for not practicing more regularly because when I do find time to fit meditation into my routine, it makes a huge impact. I feel grounded, present, calm and clearer in my mind when I practice regularly. Meditation has helped me practice more gratitude and has allowed me to stop, be present and content in any given moment.

How is your current routine going with mediation? Do you regularly meditate?

It’s okay but it certainly could be better! That’s why I am so excited for the Meditate in May challenge. I’ll be following it along as well and am hoping to fall back into a good routine of practicing more often.

For those unsure of why they should meditate and for those struggling to prioritise time to meditate, what would you say to them?

If you think ‘I don’t have time’, you do. We can all spare 5 minutes of our day to meditate .

If you’re wondering ‘what’s the point’, give it a go and see how you feel! To me the point is to give my body space to breathe, give my mind space to think clearly and give myself permission to slow down. It’s been proven that mediation can improve your focus, your sleep, management of stress and anxiety.

Tell us a bit about how you found meditating during pregnancy. How did it impact you and Harvey?

My emotions were all over the place during my pregnancy, and this was partly due to hormones but we were also in the middle of the pandemic and there was a lot going on! Any doctor will tell you that stress isn’t great for you if you’re pregnant. Meditating helped me manage my stress levels and it gave me quiet time to be present with my breath and my belly.

Now that you’re a mum, has your mediation ‘WHY’ changed?

Harvey has made me want to be better in all aspects of life. I want to set a great example for him in all areas and I’m determined to encourage him to be in tune with his mental health and prioritise it. So it’s important I do too and meditation is a great way to support mental health.

Steph Claire Smith