Don't Knock It Til you Try It: Meditation

Hi friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend :) So just a heads up - I am taking the GRE on August 18th (all good vibes welcome) so this might be my last post until that has come and gone. I'm going to try to get a few more posts in before then, but preparing for the GRE is my main priority right now. I'll be back on a regular posting schedule (Tuesday + Thursday) on August 23, which sounds so far away, but I know it'll be here in no time...which is scary since that's the second day of fall classes, ha! When I return I'll be doing a round up post of all of my current favorite motivational books that I've been reading. A lot of y'all have been asking for that over on Instagram so just know that it's coming!

Anyway, today I want to talk about something that I used to be a bit apprehensive about: meditation.

In the past, whenever I heard the word "meditation" I pictured a super spiritual yogi sitting crossed legged murmuring "hum" over and over. Not true. I've been practicing my version of meditation every morning for the past week and guys...it is a gamer changer. I wake up each morning and make a cup of coffee then head to my office for my meditation. I shut the door and set my iPhone timer for 5 minutes. 

Here's a look at what my meditation looks like:
  • I start off by taking 3-5 deep, intentional breaths.
  • Then I thank God for 3-5 things and make sure to send up a few praises, too!
  • After that I go into visual manifestation - this is where I visualize things that I am working toward actually happening. Examples: scoring well on the GRE, getting into my grad school of choice, connecting with my friends/family, etc. I truly do believe in the power of positive thinking.
  • I wrap it up with repeating a few short mantras until the timer goes off. My favorites right now are: 
    • "Inhale love. Exhale fear. "
    • "Inhale faith. Exhale doubt."
    • "Inhale positivity. Exhale negativity."
I like to do my meditation mentally, meaning I don't say anything out loud. I keep my eyes closed and my breathing steady. I sit cross legged and make sure that my back is straight and supported.

I figured this picture was appropriate since my shirt DOES say "Namast'ay home with my dog" and I mentioned yogis at the start of the post ;) This was from a coffee date with my sweet friend and her precious pup last week! I'm LOVING mid-day dates...you can follow my summer adventures on Insta.

This meditation time has seriously changed my days. It helps me stay present -  I don't find my thoughts drifting back into the past or forward into the future. My stress no longer gets the best of me. I have mental clarity. I'm happier. I know...I sound a little crazy. I would've thought the same a month ago. But like I said in the title...don't knock it til you try it! How do you feel about meditation?

xo, Jess



  1. YES! It's always seemed silly to me, but it's been SAVING MY LIFE lately. And I need that shirt!!

  2. I'm going to try this out tomorrow. Love the idea of having a few minutes to myself before the day even begins.

  3. I love this! I think I'm going to use this to start my days at school this fall, because the stress of school slowly creeps up on me and then I realize it once the stress has taken over! Thanks for the advice!

  4. Little! I've been doing about 10 minutes of meditation for the last two months! Amazing! I just wanted to reccomend the book that got me into it, as well as the app that I use! The book is called The Headspace Guide To Mindfulness and Meditation. It changed everything for me! So happy meditation is being taken more seriously these days :)


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