We can all use a little refresher every once in awhile. The beginning of a new month often spawns the feelings of “new month, new me,” but how can we actually achieve that desired change we’re looking for? Do we change our habits? Pick up a new hobby? Find a new show to binge watch?
In order to cope with the current climate of my life, I need to find an outlet or an opportunity to be more mindful. Accordingly, I’ve decided to challenge myself to a 31 day meditation challenge. For the month of August, I will attempt to set aside 10 minutes everyday to practice meditation.
I’ve been hearing a lot about the benefits of a daily meditation routine, everywhere from the Tim Ferris Show to Side Hustle Nation and more, meditation can bring about an elevated level of calm (something I greatly need these days). The important thing to remember when meditating is that it is a practice. You’re not going to be great at it the first time, it requires time and commitment. In fact, if your mind ends up wandering (as it inevitably will) that is not a sign of failure, it is a sign that meditation is needed. The simple act of bringing your mind back to focusing on your breathing is the practice. These are “bicep curls for the brain.”
This morning was my first real attempt at meditating. I sat on the floor cross-legged and set my timer. I did my best to focus on my breathing, the feeling of the air entering my nostrils and leaving my mouth. Of course my mind wandered to my job, my relationships, a recent fight with my best friend, my ambitions, and my overarching fears of failure, but rather than giving up, I simply realigned my thoughts and started over. In through the nose, out through the mouth.
I’m not going to bite off more than I can chew, so I’ll probably just stick to one 10-minute session per day, most likely in the morning. If I do this for the 31 days of August, I will have spent a total of 310 minutes meditating, that’s over 6 hours of focused breathing! Looking at it that way is a sure-fire way to be overwhelmed by the task ahead, but it is important to internalize that the massive commitment I’m making is not a time suck, but rather, an opportunity to balance my energy and focus. These are the first steps on a journey toward being more mindful.
Have you had success with meditation? Do you have any tips or tricks for quieting your active mind? How has meditation changed your life? Do you think meditation is stupid? Share your comments with the Mystery Tin community!