When I include a morning meditation practice my day looks very different in terms of how I react to feedback.

 

By Nadia Riterman

I really enjoy just sitting in the silence and quiet.

I believe that’s what they call meditation, I think. I’m still not totally sure; there are so many forms. Ever since I took the Yoga Development Course at Yasodhara Ashram, I’ve been focusing on the Ashram’s approach and it’s very helpful to have these tangible practices.

My meditation practice influences my day immensely, especially when I show up for a day full of movement where I’m constantly being evaluated. I’m taking a BFA in Dance at the University of Calgary so there is constantly feedback on how I look and I go through a lot of emotional states. When I include a morning meditation practice my day looks very different in terms of how I react to feedback.

Even If I react like, “I’m the worst person, I don’t know how to dance…” I notice I’m a lot quicker at grounding myself and saying, “Okay, this could be true, but I think there are a lot of other truths.” 

 

Photo: Yasodhara Ashram

 

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