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.