Becoming More Mindful to Be "Mind-Less"

People will often say: “Don’t just sit there, go do something!”
-yet sometimes just sitting there can do more for you.

This last year I have been trying to tackle the over glorification of busy-ness and what it means for me and my life [and in my mind]. If all of this exits in our mind [which can sometimes be a scary place], then learning to navigate through the sea of thoughts, made up conversations, future, past, comparisons and contrasts, and noise is a brilliant practice to tackle head on.

Meditation is a beautiful slow of your roll that you can do anywhere, and you will find you can do more by doing less. Side note- Even my phone wants to auto-correct ‘meditation’ to ‘medication’ and it couldn’t be more true: this is the good kind of medication and healing for your soul.

Before being introduced to meditation via MOMENT, I found myself flailing. I’m no good when I’m in swirling, chaotic mess mode. Our lives seem to thrive on being busy, fast, quick, constant. and through working in media, it’s literally my job to be taking on too much at once with my senses overloaded. like others before me, I have experienced my fair dose of depression, anxiety, and heavy gravity grief. I have tried many things and usually waited until I almost always collapsed and then, when nothing worked, I would crawl until I could become a human again. Not surprisingly, this isn’t an ideal way to live.

I have often also struggled with how our society is always quick to show off the outer work in our lives: my career, my relationship, my family, my house, my clothes, my new boobs/lips/hair-do. I’m waiting for the self-work ripples to create a movement of letting the inner work shine through, and this is most prevalent through moments of meditation.

in principle, mediation is the easiest, most difficult thing you could practice, and it will forever change yourself and your life. You are literally breaking a lifelong habit of your mind controlling you, exhausting itself, making up stories, and identifying with different egos [it goes, “leggo my ego!”].

It seems simple enough: sit down, back straight, eyes closed, and just notice your breath. in and out. Where do you feel or notice it? Belly, nose, chest, all good places. Knees, eyelashes, well… not so much but hey, it’s your meditation.

Then, the crowd [your mind] goes WILD! And that’s cool, we notice it and don’t attach or play into the stories. We notice them, but we don’t try to stop them or run and chase them down. We notice them and begin again. “Failure” is good, but it doesn’t really exist with meditation. You just begin again, and come back to the breath.

Ten simple minutes of breathing with noticing, slowing down, and emptying out our “leftovers of breath" gives me a squeegee to my fogged up brain, lungs and heart. it is amazing to witness, observe, and experience.

“The hippy dippy stuff” isn’t for everyone, but this is backed by tons of scientific validation, research, many happy people, and also myself. You’re literally flexing the feel-good mindful muscles in your mind, which results in feeling more calm, focused, and happy. if you were asked if you want to feel more of those three things in your life, I am almost certain you would say yes.

Working with a MOMENT Meditation coach has also helped me understand the how and why behind how my brain works. I’ve been focusing on making best friends with my new confidant: the vagus nerve. This bad boy is the gateway from the back of our brain to your heart, stomach and beyond. It’s the oldest formed part of your brain, and quite often, the most backed up.

Through doing this eight week moment meditation program, I find myself feeling like my heart could burst: tiny lumps of wisdom and deep gratitude sprinkled with trust for myself. I only wish I had this practice sooner in my life, but I know it’s not too late and this is why I’m sharing my experience with you now.

This is a guest post from Casey-Jo Loos, an early adopter & ambassador of our MOMENT program.  You can hear more from CJ on 102.7 The Peak in Vancouver, or follow her on twitter/ instagram