Day 5 of my 60 day meditation journey. I have consciously made an effort to take time for myself every day. I meditate in the evenings, and I generally do it lying down, though I’ve heard that meditating lying down to begin with is challenging because people tend to fall asleep. I tried sitting up a couple of times, but I had to adjust the first time because my legs fell asleep from being crossed, and the second time, I stopped the meditation completely so I could lie down. Then I started the guided meditation all over again. I might’ve fallen asleep once, but I was still mostly present. Maybe I entered what people call a meditative state? I still do not understand what I am trying to obtain. However, I do know that taking the 10-45 minutes every day for the last 5 days has helped me remain calmer throughout my long days. I look forward to my meditations each evening.
I’ve tried different guided meditations on YouTube, but I’ve found that if I Google “guided meditation”, I find ones that I like better. I’ve also noticed that music like Odesza is much more meditative than before. Maybe it’s just in that phase of excitement for me because it’s still so new to me. But I’m enjoying listening to it loudly in my car when I’m driving anywhere. I love the feeling of getting lost in music.
I’ve been pretty stressed out lately. A lot has been happening in my life and doing this journey is going to be a great thing, I just know it. I can already feel the positive effects of taking this time for myself every day and it’s only been 5 days. Starting in January, probably during the second week, I am going to take on another 30-day cleansing system; the same one I did in August (if you haven’t read about it, just click on the August tab on the left hand side of my blog and read about it there. It’s not very long). I am also going to start doing yoga again.
It’s so important to be in tune with yourself and the universe. Sometimes we get so caught up in the rat race, we forget how important it is to stop and breathe. So I challenge you this: take time for yourself every day to just sit or lie down. Give yourself at least 10 minutes with no distractions, no thoughts. I have found it very helpful to find a guided meditation because my mind loves to chatter. You will be thankful that you have taken the time for yourself too. It may be difficult the first few times, but don’t give up. No one starts anything as a professional. It takes practice to be good at something. There are no quick fixes to anything. I think that’s the problem with our society. Everyone is so fixed on the “I need it now”, that they forget it takes time to be great at something.
“Meditation is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms. Similarly, the sapling of consciousness is within you. It needs to be nurtured with simple meditation techniques. Some palm trees yield in three years, some in ten years. And those that aren’t nurtured – never yield! They simply exist.” -The Art of Living (http://www.artofliving.org/meditation/benefits-of-meditation)