OpinionOPINION: Meditation requires serious commitment but it’s worth every second

ETC StaffNovember 11, 20195 min

Jeremy Yudin, Editor-in-Chief

The start of 2019 marked the point where I’ve been the happiest I have ever been. I have meditation to thank for that. It was something that I needed and I don’t know how I lived without it.

I couldn’t stop feeling the pressures in the first three semesters of my six-semester Journalism program. I feel delirious just thinking about the amount of pressure I put on myself. The expectations of getting into strong journalistic habits, along with being diagnosed with ADHD, which made it harder to focus while a million distractions would be in my head at once, were too much for me to handle. 

My world never had a moment to pause and I just couldn’t take it anymore.

I needed to ease the stress, so my social worker suggested listening to the meditation app called Headspace.

I remember what happened next to this very day. I was walking home from class on Feb. 1 on a Friday afternoon when I noticed a strong body high come over me. 

I was in a great state of mind earlier in the day but this felt like the effect of a drug, kind of like a high but natural and controlled, lasting more than four hours. It was the greatest feeling in my life and that’s when I knew I had to commit to meditation. 

I had to see what else it could do for me.

Terrified of losing the feeling, I committed to meditating for ten minutes every day, three months straight. 

It started improving all facets of my life. I overcame my social anxiety, I stopped procrastinating, I started thinking quicker, my writing improved, and it boosted my confidence. Every morning launched with a nice morning high and it set the tone for the rest of the day very nicely.

It became the main event for my nightly routine. 

Once I close my eyes, I visualize all the pressure points of my body while lying on my bed. Visually scanning up and down my body is how I can let go of every thought.

I then visualize a warm and clear liquid that slowly seeps down my body. I identify and alleviate any stress as it slowly flows from the tip of my toes to the top of my head. This helps me focus and relax at the same time. 

I convinced myself this process will always work and it proves to be effective every time. I committed and set my mind to this process.

“In order to feel happy, you have to do happy,” said Ben C. Fletcher, a psychology professor at the University of Hertfordshire, in a Psychology Today article.

Meditation doesn’t work on its own. I need to do my part, commit and believe in what I’m doing is the best thing for me.