Day 28: The End of a Challenge. The Beginning of a Practice

This may have been my second Real Happiness challenge completed, but it’s my first one that I’ve blogged about. I think that writing about the daily guided meditations helped me analyze what works best for me, which will in turn help me to continue a regular practice.

I learned I should sit instead of lie down unless I don’t mind falling asleep.

I learned that sitting on a cushion is more comfortable than sitting on the floor, so the cushion leads to longer stretches of time for meditating and less fidgeting.

I learned that, for sitting meditations, I get less distracted if I close my eyes rather than keep them slightly open.

I learned that mental noting works for me, but only if I uses short, simple words like In and Out.

I learned that body scan mediations are great, but I have to really be in the mood to do one. If not, I get distracted really easily.

I learned that lovingkindness meditations help me to feel a connection with others and help me understand others and sympathize and empathize with them.

I learned that meditation can be done anywhere, whether I’m walking my dog, eating a meal, taking a shower, washing dishes or even waiting in a long line at the grocery store.

But most importantly, I learned that meditation benefits me in so many ways, reminding me that there’s a reason I started meditating several years ago and keep going back to it in times of stress. This challenge reminded me that a daily practice is possible, that I can always make time for meditation, that I need to meditate regularly but give myself a break if I miss a day here or there and that I can always come back to the breath.

Thank you so much, Sharon, for an amazing month of guided meditations and wisdom I’ll take with me as I continue my daily meditation practice going forward! May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you be safe from harm. May you live with ease.

May all beings be happy ♡