Well, my accountability was less than perfect on this post. Actually it was dismal. I failed at following through on 30 days of pure meditation. The reason I challenged myself to do this was to reap the meditation benefits I read about thru various blogs. However, while I did not complete my self-imposed challenge, I did find out a few things about the practice and about what works best for me. I may have not developed the habit of meditating every day; however, I did perfect the habit of waking up everyday an hour before heading to the gym, journaling, spending a few minutes with God, praying and being thankful. This became my form of meditation. These 45 minutes or so where I spent time reflecting and thanking the universe for all my blessings was my form of meditation.
Having said that, I do now have a new found respect for those that work on their meditation practice.
Here are few things
I learned about meditation:
- Apparently focusing for 10 minutes a day can be quite difficult when starting on this meditation journey
- The morning meditation was a damn struggle to stay awake when rising at 4AM
- Try and avoid having anything in the oven. Even the coffee pot was distracting for me.
- Wear comfy clothing. Tight jeans/shorts/skirts made me focus on other things rather than my practice
- Maybe I started with too high of a bar, 30 days continuously. Maybe I’ll sprinkle meditation a few days a week, rather than expect an everyday commitment. We will see.
For now, I’m in love with my morning routine and will continue to practice this form of self-care.