Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers. It is a celebration of all love, from romance, to friendship, family love and most importantly, self-love. Sometimes, it can be harder to show self-love than it is to give love to others and ultimately, no one is more deserving of your love and affection than yourself. There are many different ways to practice radical self-love. For example, I wrote a blog post a while ago now on 7 Easy Ways To Practice Mindfulness and the positive effects it can have on your well being. But for this post, I’ve teamed up with Buddhify to look more specifically at meditation.
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance” Oscar Wilde
Meditation has become such an important part of being healthy and induces numerous mental benefits, from calm and relaxation, to clarity and motivation. I often find immediate relief with mediation, however for me, it has always seemed difficult transferring these benefits from a more formal practice into my daily lifestyle. This is where Buddhify comes into its own.
There are many meditation apps available to us now and so it can be difficult to know which one is going to resonate with you. I am drawn toward guided meditation apps, as I don’t yet feel confident or experienced enough about going it alone! Buddhify does this perfectly; each programme is instructive as well as soothing. However, what I love most about the platform, is that we no longer have an excuse for being unable to find the time to fit daily meditation into our everyday lives. Previously, I have tried to make time to meditate, putting aside around ten minutes a day for mindfulness – a habit that I just couldn’t make stick. It was just one more thing to put on my to-do list. Buddhify is all about on-the-go meditation. The app presents itself as a colour wheel, with a plethora of different activities from ‘Waking Up’ to ‘Can’t Sleep’. It’s genius. There are categories designed to alleviate daily anxieties, such as ‘Travelling’ as well as activities that you can do with a friend or partner, which gives meditation an entirely new dimension; suddenly it can be social. Quite simply, Buddhify has turned mediation into an accessible, daily activity that will resonate with everyone, no matter where you are on your self-love journey.
For me, the breakthrough programme on this app is ‘Using Your Phone’. I am sure I am not alone when I say that I am far from mindful when consuming the content on my phone. It’s hard to be ‘in the moment’ when you’re lost in snapshots of other peoples. In fact, technology and social media have always seemed the very antithesis of mindfulness. Buddhify actually teaches you to be mindful whilst scrolling through your favourite apps. I mean, wow. This has completely transformed how I scroll through my social feeds and has also made me think twice about some of the accounts that I follow. I couldn’t recommend it more. Another one of my favourites is ‘Growing the Lovely’ which focuses on formal meditative topics such as balance and gratitude, as well as more invigorating themes like playfulness and curiosity. Buddhify has transformed meditation for me into a fun and vivid experience, that is no longer one more thing on my to-do list. I love it.
So whether you’re practising mindfulness, meditation, or your own way of radical self-love, remember you’re a bad-ass, bodacious babe. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every other damn day too.