STICK WITH IT

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about sticking with your change, goal or resolution for 66 days in order for it be part of your new routine.  My change is to meditate each day and as of today I’m up to 8 minutes. Not very impressive for the fully committed meditators I’m sure but for me a huge accomplishment.  I started at 3 minutes and moved to 5 minutes and a couple of days tried my first 8 minute session. It was a crash and burn session in the fact that for whatever reason my mind did not want to be sitting on that bolster, against that wall, listening to those sounds, wiping out those thoughts for any length of time.  I started some negative talk and had to remove it immediately. I didn’t fail because I couldn’t sit there that day but I think I put too much expectation on myself to soon so I tried again this time with no expectation and found that quiet moment for 6 minutes.

The next day I went back to my space and 8 minutes seemed very doable and there was my graduation point into the 8 minute mark.  Once I make the commitment and do it each and every day at the same time it really does seem easier.  The thing to remember is that I don’t take a shower every day at the exact same time but I do take a shower every single day so the commitment is to meditate before taking that shower. This morning we talked a lot about meditation and the benefits in my yoga class and even though I was at the studio for 3 hours I still did my 8 minute meditation when I got home and before I got cleaned up.  I don’t know what will happen when I have to take multiple showers in a day but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to meditate multiple times a day, but who needs that pressure when you are just starting out? Not me, that is for sure.

My yoga instructor mentioned that she decided for one day to do 10, 1 minute meditation sessions throughout the day and she was telling us that it is really hard to meditate for even a minute during the day.  This was interesting because I had heard that we can all find 2 minutes a day to meditate but I don’t think it is that simple.  If there are 10 specific areas in which you know you will be meditating it might work but just finding 10 random times during the day seems very difficult.

During my work day I say to myself each and every day that today is the day that I will get up and stretch and get more water every hour.  I try to remember but my day moves quickly and I really get up and stretch when I need to and get water when I reach for my jar and it is empty.  I wish I was more mindful at work for the little things but I’m spending so time being mindful for the work things that I don’t have any more to give for the little things.  The little things matter just as much so as I get better at meditating and reducing stressors my belief and hope is that it will help me focus on the little things as well.  It is all about balance and although I have found some nice balance in some areas the other stuff will come.

I am fully expecting to find myself in more crash and burn sessions as I continue this endeavor for daily meditation but I just have to nice when I am struggling and allow the positive talk to be front and center and not allow any of the negative talk enter into the mix.  This is not a sprint and won’t be over quickly so sure I’ll fall but it just matters that I get back up and try again.

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5 thoughts on “STICK WITH IT

  1. KattBawner January 10, 2015 at 10:56 pm Reply

    When you find yourself having a crash and burn session you should try a guided meditation. It helps your brain focus on what they are saying. I recommend looking up The Honest Guys on you tube. They helped me get up to thirty minutes of meditating. You can do it! I believe it you!

    • mevsmctd January 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm Reply

      Katt
      Thank you for taking the time to read and write to me. I enjoy receiving suggestions as this is an ever changing, evolving journey and therefore I will be sure to look up honest guys. I’m very impressed you can find quiet for 30 minutes and have given me a goal to reach for. I thought was I going to be happy with 10-15 and maybe I will but I certainly have to try for more.

      Nicole

      • KattBawner January 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm

        It took me some time and I let myself slip a little but when things get crazy in my mind it is a great thing to be able to do. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. And i hope that your practice gets even better 🙂

  2. baileybrawner February 11, 2015 at 10:53 pm Reply

    Is there a site or blog or something that can give a “meditating for dummies” type intro? I’ve been wanting to start practicing, but would love a guide to know where to start!

    • mevsmctd February 12, 2015 at 1:58 pm Reply

      Hi Bailey
      There are a few options for learning to meditate. The Honest Guys on you-tube, 8 minute meditation which is a great book, apps for your smart phone that include Calm, and my favorite MHK. It is my nature to research things thoroughly and all the time which I did with meditation as well. I will put together a blog post on it that describes how I started and what I actually do each time I am in meditation. However, in the meantime doing your own research is wonderful and there are many options out there. There may be others who chime in with their ideas as well.

      Nicole

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