Wow – it’s the end of Week 1! Did it fly by for you? It did for me. Reflecting on this week of concentration exercises, I find myself feeling most comfortable with the counting meditation and the image of thoughts being like clouds – let them float away. What did you find most comforting or useful this week?
I struggled with the visualization/self talk of ‘not the breath’. I found I had an immediate response of “Not the momma” when I would here “not the breath” (early 1990’s TV show The Dinosaurs), so that distraction wasn’t helpful to me.
However, I did find the magic moment when I recognized I drifted to pop culture and came back to the breath. Throughout this first week coming back to the breath has been a great refresher. It’s helped me to remember that just that type of concentration (in/out of the breath) is enough.
Sharon’s reminders to be gentle & kind with yourself help to remind me that it’s okay – just begin again.
I’m looking forward to week two! I hope you’re continuing on the journey for the 28-day challenge.