Meditation Challenge Journal

TIP: this runs in reverse order so you are better off starting at the bottom and scrolling up.

  • 2013-08-11  Last day! Woohoo! I did a guided meditation with the app today and it went really well. Once the 10mins was up I kept going for a little while longer as I was enjoying myself so much. I did have a lot to get done though so it was only a few extra minutes. I am feeling so pleased with myself today that I made the 30 days. Reaching a goal is a great feeling. I’m going to do a blog about my experiences so look out for that. Thanks to all those that followed my journey.
  • 2013-08-10  Today’s meditation was day 2 of the couch to 5k run. I improved my stats ever so slightly so I’m pretty stoked about that. Yay! Good result.
  • 2013-08-09  I almost forgot to meditate today! It surprised me as I thought it would be more of a habit by now but as I ran for meditation the last 2 days apparently that was enough to make me forget. Thankfully the 30 day challenge page sends you a little email reminder. I am so tired I thought I might actually go to sleep. I didn’t. Yay! And it also meant I was super relaxed so yay again. I did a bog standard solo meditation and I finished right on 10 mins out of pure luck more than anything else. Only 2 more days to go after this one!! Wow!
  • 2013-08-08  Today’s meditation was also in the form of a Couch to 5k run. It was great. I think from now on I will make 3 days per week running days and on those days that will be my meditation. The other days I’ll try doing the sit still for 10mins style. Mixing it up should help keep me interested.
  • 2013-08-07  Today I did something different. I decided to go for a run and use that as my meditation. There is such a thing as moving meditation and believe me I needed more than sitting down could give me today. We are in the midst of some parenting / growing up challenges I needed to burn off some of the stress. I downloaded one of those couch 2 5k apps and off I went. It was awesome. More of that tomorrow me thinks.
  • 2013-08-06  Very basic meditation today. I did it but there is nothing remarkable to remark. Hmmmmmm.
  • 2013-08-05  10 min meditation at the end of the day. Not much more to add I’m afraid.
  • 2013-08-04  I sat out in the sun today to meditate which was pretty awesome. I found it much easier to keep the thoughts at bay. I’ve had shocking anxiety today – mainly the shallow breathing. It’s really really freaking annoying. So despite the great environment I only lasted 10 mins meditating. I just wasn’t up to the task. Hmmmmm
  • 2013-08-03  Another day ticked off the list! Today I let myself go for as long as I wanted and what do you know I only made 10 mins. Que sera. At least I didn’t feel like shit doing it. Although I was keen to have nap after so that may have added to my speediness.
  • 2013-08-02  Feeling so much better today. I went back to the naturopath yesterday and got a refill for one of the powders I had finished. I was trying to stop it as I felt maybe was the time to start withdrawing some supplements (costs a freaking fortune) but maybe I need to suck it up for a bit longer. I need to review the long term plan but can talk about it a bit more later. As a result today’s meditation was much more successful. I sat down and relaxed checking facebook etc after monkey went to sleep. After doing that for 10mins or so I started my meditation. I think it really helped that I was already relaxed when I started. Then I just let it go on for as long as I felt like it which ended up being 15mins. No aids today, just me and my brain.
  • 2013-08-01  OMG I’ve had shocking anxiety today. I think the chick at the coffee shop missed the DECAF part of my order as this is the sort of anxiety I get when I’ve accidentally had an espresso. Argh. I meditated but for 10 mins only again. I used the simply being app with the stream in the background. It’s been a less than productive week.
  • 2013-07-30  Almost forgot to meditate today which is weird as it is the 17th day in a row I’ve been doing it now. I’ve had a lot on work wise and it has left me feeling pretty tired and drained today so maybe that’s the reason.Hopefully a better day tomorrow.
  • 2013-07-29  Hmmmm REALLY didn’t want to meditate again today. I don’t know what’s going on this week. I did it anyway but for 10mins only. My mind was actually relatively empty but that’s more to do with the fact that I’m knackered from writing all day today. Did 5.5 travel articles and my brain is a pile of mush. Still more to go but I’m going to have to leave it until tomorrow I’m afraid. Hope the week gets easier. 😦
  • 2013-07-28  According to this I am exactly 15 days through. To be honest I thought it was 16 so that was a bit of a letdown. For the first time I really didn’t want to meditate today. Which is weird after I’ve just written a blog documenting all the benefits I’m feeling. I kept trying to talk myself out of it and then I’d remind myself that it wasn’t an option because of the challenge. And then I’d also remind myself that it was ONLY 10 MINS which in terms of time it is just nothing. Anyway I did meditate. I used the app and did the minimum of 10 mins. See how I feel again tomorrow.
  • 2013-07-27  Finally got round to meditating. I just finished and it is 730pm! I needed it so glad I got it in. I used the Simply Being Ap for 10 mins with the voice on and the stream sounds. It was actually pretty good. Not earth shattering but better than I’d expected.
  • 2013-07-26  I actually managed to meditate first thing today as I woke up well before monkey (that new heater was a great investment!). I used the Simply Being ap with the guided med voice on and stream sounds. It was great and helped me stay focused. I also used an old trick I had before I did my course which was counting and drawing the numbers in my mind with each count. I will use that again. It keeps me focused.
  • 2013-07-25  I’m not feeling well today (sore throat) and have heaps of work on so the day has been a challenge in itself. I did a 10 min meditation. Just set a time. I probably should have done a guided one as my mind was waaaaaay too distracted this time. It went flitting off all over the joint. There was very little stillness I’m afraid.
  • 2013-07-24  I sat out in the sun to meditate today and it was AWESOME! The best one yet. I felt really light and breezy and everything seemed to radiate white. I set a timer for 10mins as I had a lot to do today so didn’t feel I had the luxury to linger. Shame. I think I will aim to meditate in the sun whenever that option is available. I’m convinced that the daily meditation is helping me stay much calmer than I would normally be. I saw this lady have a bit of a mental at the service station today. She was frustrated about a customer so when it was my turn to be served she pulled a lot of faces at me, swore and said “oh great, this is what my day is going to be like now”. I just smiled and said nothing. What I wanted to say is “only because you choose it to be” but I kept it to myself. I know how she was feeling, I’ve been there. Every little thing exasperates you. I’m so glad I’m not there at the moment. Things are going really well.
  • 2013-07-23  Did an 18 min meditation on the lounge at lunchtime. No aids Just me and my brain. It was good. Cruisy and easy and I could even have gone for longer. The only weird thing about it was that I had that old Hanson song Mmmmm Bop going in the background the entire time. WTF?
  • 2013-07-22  Meditated on the lounge today just to mix it up a little. Didn’t use a particular technique. Found mind got quite hooked on post I am thinking of writing about group meditation yesterday. Perhaps I should do that. Meditation lasted 13 mins.
  • 2013-07-21  Today I went and did a meditation at a buddhist centre with a friend. It was a little odd as I expected a lot of people but there were only 3 of us plus the monk (a female!). We did two meditations. One just a standard guided meditation and one a taking meditation where you imagine you take suffering from some one (you don’t keep it). I found the suffering one quite difficult although the hour session passed very quickly. I might write a blog on it’s own about the experience. It was an interesting afternoon. One that challenged my perceptions and expectations a little.
  • 2013-07-20  Great meditation today. I needed no meditation aides and I just slipped right into the zone easily. Managed a session of 14 mins. It was nice.
  • 2013-07-19  Meditated using the Simply Being app again today. This time did 15mins with no talking and rain sounds. The stream sound option is def better. Today marks the end of week 1 of meditating daily which I’m really excited about. I do think it is having an effect overall. I’ve had a couple of bad days and yet haven’t reacted as I would have normally. My response is much more calm overall. I’m not snapping and yelling at my child when my patience is low and I really do credit the meditation for that.
  • 2013-07-18  I botched things up a little today. I should have meditated as soon as I got back from the gym this morning before I sat down to work but I sat at the computer first and became engulfed in study and writing. I eventually did a session this afternoon but felt so pressed for time that I only allowed the 10mins whereas this morning I probably would have gone for longer. I was inspired by Jen’s blog update yesterday on More Than An Expat so I used the Simply Being ap today with the stream feature. It was perfect for my put thoughts on leaves going down a stream meditation so I did that. It was nice but I was a little edgy. Better luck tomorrow.
  • 2013-07-17  Today I had the house to myself so with no one to disturb I did an Ooooohm meditation. Where you say “ooooooohm” out loud. I never thought I’d really get into this style but it is actually my favourite. I love the feeling of the vibrations in my body and I really started to zone out with it. Ssadly it was interrupted after 11mins by a phone call otherwise I could easily have gone for longer.
  • 2013-07-16  I had my cranky pants on today so really needed this meditation. I went for 16mins and after a few racy ranty thoughts I went quite still and deep. It was good and I feel much less ranty post session so yay!
  • 2013-07-15  Meditation was a bit different today. Had a bit of a buzz on as I left myself have two full strength coffees at playgroup (I normally only drink decaf). They were instant and not espresso so it wasn’t as bad as it might have been. Anyway so my brain was pretty crazy. I had to reign it in a number of times throughout the meditation. I tried a new technique that just came to me and I really enjoyed. I imagined I could see myself from outside my body and that I was watching myself meditate. This gave me a considerable amount of focus and was pretty cool. I didn’t do this the whole time but it was probably the predominant feature of today’s session. It lasted for 14mins today.
  • 2013-07-14  It’s been a busy day so I didn’t get to meditate until this afternoon. I felt like I’d have trouble focusing and being calm so I decided to use the Simply Being smartphone app and do a guided meditation. I chose a 15min one with music in the background. It was actually pretty good. The only annoying thing is that you can’t choose one that just goes as long as you feel like it. So she was wrapping up on the app and I was feeling pretty still and keen to keep going. So I just went on for another 5 mins. All in all today was a 20 min meditation and I felt relatively deep. It was good.
  • 2013-07-13  Free time meditation (so no timer). Meditated until I felt like stopping which ended up being exactly 10 mins. The meditation was a bit weird today. I felt my mind was already pretty still when I started and I don’t remember feeling like that ever before. I probably would have gone on for longer but my lower back is really hurting today so I was having trouble feeling comfortable.

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  1. Pingback: 30 Day Meditation Challenge Update – Week 4 + The Way Forward | mummy flying solo

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