Art of Meditation

2019 is going to be a big year here at The Beddha, for us and for planet woman.

Generally speaking, as women, we are on a good path. A fresh energy is in the air, a reborn optimism.

Personally speaking, this is my to do list for 2019

Meditation
Gratitude
Self-care

and lots of other things...But for now I want to reduce the list to a few points that are all linked, interconnected, and focus on them first.

On meditation
One thing I learned is: meditation is difficult. But meditation on your own is even more difficult! Because the mind jumps like a monkey and seems impossible to stop...

So I wanted to share with you a few things I am learning along the way during my journey.

I use a meditation app that helps me during the process.
I learned that every time I am under pressure or stress I neglect meditation or anything I believe is a gentle gesture towards me. But this time I investigated the whys. And after some self-knowledge exercise (on which I will come back later), I realised that subconsciously I believe 'me' is less important than other people's needs, and sometimes not even people but things, events, so called priorities.

And I think I am not the only one who acts like this...
I want to stop this pattern and start moving in a more self-care direction. I don't have to start big. You don't have to start big.

Meditation is a long process but second thing I learned is: how a warm-cosy environment helps to meditate!
Preparation is so important. Aesthetic is so important. Smell is so important. They are part of a story, your story, that shows your commitment.

So it goes like this:

I find my favourite spot, I light one of my cherished candles, I sit on a fab cushion, I wrap myself in a beautiful plaid, I turn off the light, I switch on the app, I switch off the phone.


Ta-da!
Magic! I create my own cocoon!
The simple act of thinking of meditation opens up so many other things. Like taking action, doing some introspection, practising some self-knowledge & self-love, learning to be consistent, creating a positive pattern, embracing new possibilities...All good things I will explore more in the next future. Speaking of know your mind know your body, I want to share with you this quote from an amazing woman, the fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, who understood self-care long time ago, and why it is so important for women.

“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself”, I find it very inspiring, it resonates with me and us and The Beddha vision. Learning to be kinder to ourselves is an act of self-love. Let our year be led by love and soul.

✒ BY MARGHERITA ANTINORI 

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