Kitty Alexander is a nursery-school teacher based in London. A yoga enthusiast, she is also studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She shares how The Meditator inspires her to connect to the present moment.
Do you meditate? Is there a ritual you do or a way you find stillness in the moment?
I don’t meditate all of the time, but when I do, I really notice the sense of calm it brings to my life. On working days I am normally rushing around the house in the morning, so I use my morning commute as a walking meditation and listen to a voice guide on my iPhone. On weekends I naturally wake early and enjoy meditating in the morning before the rest of my house wakes.
If a passer-by asked you what The Meditator symbol meant to you, what would you say?
The Meditator is a symbol of peace and a reminder to stop and be present.
Do you appreciate the symbolic meaning behind The Meditator?
I definitely do – my Meditator is far more than just a necklace to me. It brings me comfort to have it with me at all times knowing what it represents.
Does The Meditator help you feel part of something larger, either spiritually or as part of a community of like-minded individuals?
I definitely feel like I’m part of a community wearing The Meditator. It is a joyful moment spotting those who also wear it – it instantly gives you more of a connection.
Does The Meditator make you feel empowered?
I rarely take my Meditator off, so when I briefly lost mine a few months ago I realised how empowered it makes me feel. It was very noticeable to me that it was missing!
Has The Meditator inspired you to be more present in the moment?
I am reminded to be more present every time I touch my Meditator necklace. I am often playing with it in my hands when talking to someone or walking.
Have you made any resolutions for this year?
To reconnect with nature. I work very close to Hyde Park and I’ve recently started going for walks at lunch. I’ve noticed the effect it has on me and my productivity for the rest of the afternoon.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t get too worked up about the little things and learn to let go of the things you cannot change. Life will become a lot more enjoyable, which is what it’s all about!
If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking to start meditating what would it be?
Don’t feel you have to do it for too long. Little and often is far better than one hour-long session once or twice a month. If you are struggling to find the time, try to make a regular five-minute slot in your diary and turn it into a healthy habit.