Last week I decided to try something new – meditation! Now, technically this wasn’t really my first time attempting meditation but it was my first time taking it seriously.
For the past month, I’ve felt scattered. Forcing myself to becoming a morning person, along with a new workout routine, new goals, and the list goes on. I’ve been putting stuff on my plate hoping to fill a void in my motivation but nothing seemed to be working. Which is why I decided to attempt the 7 Day Meditation Challenge.
I decided to invite a few people along to help keep me motivated. It was nice to have a small community of ladies to keep me on track – shout out to them because I don’t know if I would have finished without their support.
Here’s how the week went…
Day 1 – (3 minutes)
And those we’re the longest three minutes of my day…WOW. I had no idea how chaotic my mind was until I tried to round it up for a few minutes. I thought of the weirdest things – old memories, recipes, friends. It took a lot of effort to sit still for that time. I decided to try my practice on my dining room floor, seated on a comfy blanket, I kept it simple but it didn’t work out too well.
Day 2 – (5 minutes)
They said meditation takes practice but I’ll be honest, I’m a person who wants things to come natural the first time. And when day one didn’t go so well, I expected day two to go PERFECTLY. No…it’s a harsh reality but this meditation thing takes more than two days to master. But, it did get better! I actually focused for the first three minutes and lost my mind for the last two. Overall, I gave it a win.
Day 3 – (7 minutes)
Today I tried something new. A friend of mine suggested trying my meditation after my workout, when my body is more relaxed. So I finished my workout and relaxed for 7 minutes. It went surprisingly well. It was a great way to start the day and I focused for over half the time! I started to feel the benefits of taking some time for myself in the morning.
Day 4 – (9 minutes)
On day four, I decided to attempt meditation laying down. I placed a blanket on my living room floor and laid on it. I made sure it wasn’t too comfortable so I wouldn’t fall asleep. I focused well on the floor. I felt at ease with my thoughts, again it wasn’t for the full 9 minutes but I could focus for atleast five minutes. Every day it seems to be increasing. I still haven’t perfected it but I’ll take the progress.
Day 5 – (11 minutes)
On day five, I did my practice in my gym, surrounded by my cats, facing the mirror. It was actually really empowering to sit tall and look myself in the eyes with only positive thoughts. It gave me the attitude that I could take on anything thrown my way, which was just what I needed!
Day 6 – (13 minutes)
Day 6 was a challenge…I was getting ready to drive to my parents (which is about a 2.5 hour drive) and instead of focusing to better myself and the day I had ahead, I focused on my BIG to do list. I really had to force myself to finish because all I could think was the time I was wasting. Thirteen minutes doesn’t seem like much but I could have been showering or packing my bag. I was so discouraged in myself from failing at this challenge but I decided to reattempt it later while driving (don’t worry, I was very safe about it) and it gave me peace for trying.
Day 7 – (15 minutes)
I’ll be honest. I forgot to do day seven…I was away visiting my family and spending time with friends that it completly slipped my mind. But I’ll tell you this, I’ve never felt more at peace than on this past Sunday. It was the first time ever that I nursed a hangover with a smile. I was truly filled with joy and true content for the first time in a while. I believe the meditation helped with that.
To wrap it up, a week of meditation can do you good but if you really want to reap the benefits of the practice you really do need to make a habit of it – even 10 minutes a day.
Meditation has MANY benefits including:
- Reducing stress
- Improving concentration
- Increasing self-awareness
- Promoting emotional health
- Impoving sleep
- Decreases blood pressure
- And the list goes on!
So I challenge you to take a few minutes today to meditate. Download an app, find a youtube video or just focus on your own. It will really make a difference in your day. If you need any help, motivation or tips, feel free to send me a message, I would love to help you!
“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.”
~Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati