It's been just a little over a week since I threw down the gauntlet in front of my procrastinating self. To keep it all on front street, I managed five out of the seven days in the meditation challenge. I mostly sat down in the evening and did about 20 to 30 minutes. It was a great practice and it made a good difference in putting the work day firmly behind me instead of layering a blanket of digital stimulation over the stress. I just let it work through my mind and clear out.
The days I missed were regretful, but there's not much sense in beating myself up about it. One of the days I missed was Saturday. The reason I mention it is that weekends tend to be a lower stress time and the raw need to relax is less intense. That's actually the best time to meditate because you're doing so in a relaxed state already. Rather than being reactive to a busy day, you can do some preventative maintenance and help make the following work week that much smoother.
Meditation can get you out of a jam; but it works even better when it's a consistent hum regardless of how good or bad you're feeling.
As promised, here is a quick guide to the basics of meditation. Next week I'll be doing a guided 15 minute meditation that will talk you through the process in more depth. In the mean time, I'm happy to answer any questions as best I can.
Thanks Michael Hermes for cleaning up the audio so quickly!
Setting goals is something I've always been leery of doing. Not that goals are bad -- but getting in the habit of setting and forgetting them is. That's why I like to keep my goals short term and I turn to having intentions for longer term aspirations. I'll probably delve into that on a future show.
For now I've decided to make the dangerous decision to meditate every day this week. Considering my current pattern has been once or twice a week at best, it's going to take a bit of discipline to make it happen. But it's important, so I'm gonna do it.
Who's with me?
*Update* Wow. Lots of replies and questions! I'm going to record a quick audio segment guiding you through the basics of meditation tonight. It will be focused on the simple technique to get you started.