We all know meditation is beneficial – good for body, good for mind, good for life. After all, it only makes sense: The mind is the controlling point of our human existence. When the mind is calm and pure then all layers of our human existence are enhanced. All these things we know, yet for some of us meditation can be elusive, hard to pin down, and flat out irregular.
This is a great way to get established in a home meditation practice that works for you – at your pace, at your convenience.
What does the Meditation Challenge entail?
Find or create 5 – 10 minutes (or more) of seated quiet meditation each day. No music, no podcasts (more about that later), or any external stimuli. This quiet meditation session can be done anytime you wish – though preferably on an empty stomach. Meditating before breakfast or before dinner are ideal times. However, meditating in the afternoon can also work well if that is when you have the time. Do be careful about meditating before bed as the great temptation is to do a lying meditation only to wake up in the morning wondering what happened. In general, aim for a sitting meditation, either directly on the floor, on a sit pillow, or in a chair. Regardless of the position do try to keep the spine upright.
Finally, how to meditate? You can focus on simply quieting the mind, or you can try a mantra meditation, or a visualisation. If you need ideas, check out our library of meditation podcasts for hints and guidelines about breathing and meditation. However, try and use those podcasts as an avenue to gain techniques, and then practice those techniques in your designated time of silent meditation.
So here goes – we are just a few days away. Get ready!!
And yes, if all goes well – and I hold great hopes – then we can roll into a second week of Meditation Challenge starting August 8. For now, let’s just focus on week #1.
Lastly, you are most welcome to check in here every day to share a simple greeting or perhaps something more of your experience. Let us all know how things are going!!
All the best,