Meditation changes lives, and works in a crisis. There’s no time in history when we need it more as a society than right now.
I first got into meditation when I relocated from Adelaide to Sydney 16 years ago, and was working in a very high pressure job.
I joined a group every Wednesday night to talk, be mindful, to be present and to meditate. It was enlightening, and I committed to it for about 18 months, for 3 hours every week.
It is something I have called upon throughout my life when tough times have come up. It was an amazing tool to use during the first 18 months after my divorce when things were super stressful, and it helps me connect with myself as well as others.
This week I chatted to Lindy Klim, single mum of three small children, who is into health, wellness, meditation, yoga and being mindful in every aspect of her life.
“Meditation has always been a part of my life,” she says. “It helps reduce stress, and even helps me sleep. I live in Indonesia where mindfulness is around me all the time. This last year ( the first after her divorce from swimmer Michael Klim) has been extra stressful and I – as well as my kids – have had to step up our meditation and to be more present.”
Lindy is promoting a new free meditation app from Virgin Mobile called Smiling Mind which has 5-10 minute meditations for adults and kids.
“To me, meditation is not one of those things you need to do for 10 years to get right, it is something you can learn and then incorporate into your daily life every day just by being present and looking within. I love the idea a mobile phone company is encouraging people to do it.”
Lindy is so mindful of her lifestyle, she has chosen to be based in Bali and travels globally to work, and flies home to her kids.
‘My children go to a Green School in Bali. It is the world’s first fully sustainable school . The children start the day with mindfulness, meditation and gratitude and do half an hour of yoga every day. We don’t have a TV in our house.”
Lindy says practising wellness and meditation is central her role as a mum and as a woman, and I can relate.
My daughter and I already meditate together regularly ( she is 9) and she loves it, whilst her brother is not ready yet, but here’s hoping! Meditation is one of the easiest things you can do, but one of the most profound ways to change your life – and Lindy agrees.
The Smiling Mind Virgin Mobile app can be downloaded for free from both the Apple App Store and Google Play.