(read until the end as I have a little surprise for you, yay!)

A few months ago, I discovered meditation. After watching videos and reading articles about it, I decided to give it a go. I downloaded an app on my phone, listened to some guided meditation sessions and in a few days, I was already feeling calmer and just more relaxed. 

Thanks to meditation, I put my fear aside and went on my first ever solo trip... and more importantly I had SO much fun on this trip. If you knew me a few years ago, I'd have never done this - I'm the shy girl, the introvert who definitely would never travel alone.

I've been feeling so much happier with just a few meditation sessions here and there and I wasn't even meditating daily. So I thought, can you imagine if I meditated every single day?

So I tried to meditate every day. But then, life got busy. And one day I forgot to meditate. And the next day as well. "I just don't have time today", I thought. And without even knowing, I ended up not meditating for a week. Then two.

But then I realised that if I didn't have time to meditate, maybe I was one of the people that needed it the most...

Because when I stopped meditating I went back to the old me. The girl who gets angry a little too quickly, who overthinks a bit too much, who get stressed out easily, and who just feels meh a lot of the time.

So to start off 2017 right, I decided to enroll in a meditation course, Mindspo. It's a 4-week course that teaches you how to meditate and everything you need to know about that mind trick. My goal was to make meditation a daily habit and just feel happier and better in general. To be more in the present moment, have more energy and just enjoy this damn great life without overthinking.

Week 1

Every week, we had access to new videos explaining everything we needed to know about meditation (tips to help you make it a habit, what the benefits of meditation are, how it can help with stress,  anxiety etc which were so interesting!) as well as a guided meditation. 

In week 1, we started with a simple 5-minute meditation. I already tried something similar before, and meditating 5 minutes every day were quite easy for me as I used to meditate for 10 minutes from time to time - but it was actually perfect to get started and really get into the first week of the course. 

Week 2

In week 2, that's when our meditation teacher Rochelle Fox introduced the Mindspo method that we were going to use for the rest of the course. I had not heard about this technique before so I was really excited to try it - and to be honest, now I actually prefer this one to the one I previously used (which was basically a counting breaths method).

That week we had to meditate for 10 minutes every day - and the new technique made it easier for me to concentrate and meditate. Also, one thing that Rochelle would always say that stuck with me was "you can't control the world, but you can control how you react it." So powerful. It made me even more motivated to learn meditation.

I had so many exams those first two weeks and I really felt that meditating every day helped me to stay focused and positive during that stressful time! I'd usually be tired, stressed-out and irritable during exams week but I noticed that I was just relaxed and calmer (yay!)

Week 3

That's when things started to get challenging - in week 3 we had to meditate for 15 minutes. I had never meditated for more than 10 minutes because I always thought I'd get bored and I wouldn't be able to stay focused for that amount of time.

How wrong I was! I'm not going to lie, on the first couple of days I struggled a little... But because we started slow (with a 5-minute meditation for a week, then 10 minutes for another week) well, after a few days I got used to 15 minutes and it just felt easy and natural.

Week 4

In week 4, the last week of the course, that's when I started feeling the benefits of meditating every single day. I noticed that in certain situations where I would have reacted negatively before, I reacted more positively. And when I say positively, I mean being like "okay" instead of responding quite angrily, and even smiling, giving full attention to the other person... Because getting angry or stressed-out isn't the answer!

Oh and another thing. Before starting the course I wasn't meditating very often and because of this, every time I tried to meditate my mind would go crazy and I didn't know how to get rid of those thoughts. The thing is, the more you meditate and the easier it gets, and the better you feel because you can finally truly feel the benefits!

Final thoughts

Now, thanks to meditation, I say yes to more exciting things. I don't overthink that much. I don't get angry that easily. I can manage my stress. I feel less like shit. I can calm my thoughts and control my emotions. I'm happier. I'm more positive. And it feels so good.

So yeah, my blog is all about travel... But I really wanted to share this mind hack with you as it's very close to my heart. I'm 100% sure it can help those who are afraid of boarding a plane, travelling alone and just say yes to new adventures and much more. Meditation helps me with so many things and I truly believe this can help others too. 

I have two months left before getting my Bachelor's degree and I have no idea what I'm going to do next, life is getting so busy, and soon I'll leave France to live in another country for a few months and I'll be going there on my own... 

I should be a little scared and it should stress me out but the truth is, I'm not even at all - I'm freaking excited for the future and I can't wait to see what's going to happen.

So if you want to make meditation a habit, and if you want to feel all the benefits meditation have to offer, I'd truly recommend enrolling in the Mindspo course

And if you guys want to try it out, I got a 20% discount code from the lovely Mindspo team for YOU to use! Click here to sign up and use the code: "florabertetti" yay! 

I learned so much during those 4 weeks and I honestly couldn't speak more highly of the course. I now can't start the day without meditating for 20 minutes and I. love. it!

Have you ever tried meditation? Is meditation part of your daily routine too?

*By using my promo code, I will receive a commission on the sale at no extra cost to you, don't worry! In this particular case, I've paid for the course with my own money and loved it so I decided to write about it - and then the lovely Mindspo team offered me a referral code to give to my readers and friends. Opinions are my own as always - you know that I only recommend products and services I truly love :)