Do you ever feel like your life is full of doing? I don’t know about you but I have a to-do list that seems to grow longer by the minute.
While I am excited about many of the things on that list every once in awhile what I need is a reminder that NOT DOING is just as import. That is why September is going to be a meditation challenge. There are no prizes, no point counting, nothing extraordinary…in fact September is really about slowing down to regain focus and motivation.
If you think you CAN’T do this challenge because you don’t have time or it’s too boring…this is the challenge you need to join more than any of the others. This won’t be easy for most of us who feel like sitting couldn’t possibly benefit us. However, many of the top performers in our society have all claimed they meditate: Russell Simons, Oprah, Albert Einstein, Elle Macpherson, . They say it’s one
Meditation is about sitting quietly with your thoughts. it gives you a chance to let things settle. It gives you a chance to think by first clearing your mind of the 42 things on your list. You can start with one minute a day. This a challenge about not making things too complex, just slowing down and enjoying the benefits.
INeedMotivation.com lists 100 benefits of mediation, here are just a few:
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
8- Decreases muscle tension
9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
12- Enhances the immune system.
14- Enhances energy, strength and vigor.
15- Helps with weight loss
30- improved performance in athletic events
31- Normalizes to your ideal weight
32- harmonizes our endocrine system
33- relaxes our nervous system
39- Helps control own thoughts
40- Helps with focus & concentration
41- Increase creativity
49- Develops intuition
50- Increased Productivity
56- Develop will power
61- Increased job satisfaction
66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
71- Reduces road rage
72- Decrease in restless thinking
73- Decreased tendency to worry
78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality
80- Helps keep things in perspective
81- Provides peace of mind, happiness
95- Helps living in the present moment
98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
HOW TO MEDITATE BASICS
Find a quiet place - As you get better you can do this anywhere, I do it on a plane, but starting out it’s better to not have distractions.
Set a timer: Set your timer for 1 minute on Monday, 2 minutes on Tuesday and so forth. Maybe at the end of a week you find that you can’t handle more than 5 minutes, but that’s ok. In those 5 minutes you will have made a difference already in your mindset and physiology. The reason I recommend a timer is it prevents you from consistently opening your eyes to see how much time has passed.
Focus on your breathing - When you start out one of the easiest meditations is simply to think “in” and “out” with each breath. Try to breathe deep in to your belly to start out and then let your breath normalize.
Let your thoughts go - Meditation is thought of as a process of NOT thinking, but it’s more about letting go of the thoughts that come through and not hanging on to them. Ways to let go include imagining your thoughts in a bubble that is floating away or taking a broom and sweeping away thoughts as they come up.
It might be uncomfortable. But I know all of you can handle discomfort because you sign up for races, you hit the gym and you make choices each day that may not be the easiest, but are ultimate in your best interest.
As with every 30 Day Challenge the goal is PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION.--
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I am grateful for an evening with friends that was simply and care free.