My meditation challenge has been going strong since the beginning of February. It’s part of my goal to take on twelve thirty-day challenges in 2013. I’m right around the half way mark and I thought it would be a good spot to pause and write up how I feel about it and what I’ve been learning in the last couple weeks.
- It’s easier than I thought it would be to make the time. Turns out 15 minutes isn’t that long after all. 🙂
- My “Take15” will end on the 14th when I move to a “Take20” program which is 20 20-minute meditations. I sort of dread those extra 5 minutes.
- I never avoid sitting down for my meditation but some days it’s definitely harder to tame my mind than others. Sometimes it’s just been a hectic day and sometimes it’s hard just because. It’s difficult to accept that all of my meditations won’t be perfect and that I just need to see the perfection in their imperfection. Cheesy but true.
- Meditation doesn’t have to be first thing in the morning. It can still be beneficial when done at night. Some of my best sessions have been in the evening before bed.
- Little pieces of my meditations have been making their way into my everyday life and I kinda like it. Taking a deep breath when I’m feeling overwhelmed, stopping to take stock of my body/mind/mood and feeling a tiny bit calmer when some
idiotperson cuts me off on the freeway.
- What I eat is directly correlated to how well I focus. Being fresh off the whole30 challenge it’s very apparent that when I eat crap, my focus is terrible. My mind wanders and spins and never fully settles.
- The Headspace app may sound dorky but it’s been a really great tool. Especially for someone who is new to the whole thing.
That’s it for now. I’m excited to see how the next couple weeks go and I’ll be sure to write up an “after action report” when my 30 days is up.