Catherine Tanaka
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Using Meditation and Mindfulness to Connect with Ourselves

Meditation has been a powerful practice that I have used for decades. And I've woven the use of mindfulness and meditation throughout the principles I teach my clients.

I believe meditation can benefit anyone and everyone and I want you to know that meditation doesn't always have to look a certain way. 

I often hear that people think that meditation is about sitting in one spot and clearing your mind completely. Meditation does not actually mean that you need to completely clear your mind or rid yourself of any thoughts.

A yogi once told me that meditation is actually the act of becoming familiar with something.  Getting familiar and comfortable with practicing stillness in your body and your mind.

For me this practice is more like an observation, being able to sit in quiet contemplation while I witness my thoughts and self dialogue pass like clouds.  I often talk on my podcast about how movement has been meditation through motion.

The rhythmic movement and the connection to breath through a workout for me has revolutionized my life.

Meditation through movement has allowed me to connect deeper with who I am, to get clarity on what I want and allowed me to become more present and more familiar with myself, my body and my power.

I use meditation in so many different modalities such as quiet contemplation, traditionally sitting-quiet meditation as well as walking meditations, connecting with nature.  It can look however feels best to you and elevates how you feel in the world.

Getting in a meditative state is very grounding, nurturing and has been extremely healing for myself and so many of my clients.

I love meditation and think it's a powerful way to self reflect and learn self mastery.  In a world that is  so much hustle and bustle, adding in a daily ritual that allows us to slow down, to tap into what we need, into who we are, or into who we'd like to become, is a powerful practice. 

I often teach my clients to use this as a way to transform who they are to become more focused in their fitness, to learn to nourish their bodies, to take care of themselves as their body as their temple.

From a mindset perspective, meditation allows for greater self awareness and deepens the practice of self mastery that can truly transform your entire life.

If you want to try a simple, seven minute meditation, you can find my guided meditation here on the Insight Timer:

About the Author Catherine Tanaka

My name is Catherine Tanaka. I am a Personal Trainer, Transformation Coach, Yogi enthusiast and Mom of two. I am on a mission to make a difference in others happiness through fitness using the best research available to give you the best fitness hacks to make being the best version of you possible. Learn more about my one-on-one coaching or check out my Online Course - The Body Project Protocol.