Meditation Day 1

In a 30-day meditation challenge, I will be meditating for at least 10 minutes each day this month.

Meditation is mainstream. Especially with popular apps like Headspace and Breathe increasing its convenience and accessibility.

A mind and body practice, meditation encourages focus, awareness, and balance—all of which will help me start my senior year of college.

So, a 30-day meditation challenge seems like the ideal form of preparation!

Why Meditation?

The benefits of meditation, both scientific and experiential, are widely written about and discussed. These include reducing stress, alleviating anxiety, and improving sleep.

Childhood taekwondo lessons first introduced me to meditation. But what I remember from that experience is restlessmess. It was challenging to find stillness at the time.

In the years since, I’ve made efforts to rediscover meditation for my mental, emotional, and physical well-being. But these efforts have been sporadic.

Most often, I find myself meditating during Shavasana at the end of a yoga class. The feeling of melting into the floor in Shavasana is what excites me about this 30-day meditation challenge.

Whenever I meditate, it feels like I’m pressing the reset button on my mind. The practice cuts through overwhelm and grounds me in the moment.

I hope that by the end of this month, I’ll have set myself up to continue a daily practice of self-care for my mental and emotional health.

Guidelines:

There are so many different types of meditation, but the three I’ll be exploring this month are mindfulness meditation, focused meditation, and guided meditation.

Mindfulness meditation. The most popular meditation technique, mindfulness meditation will encourage me to be observant and nonjudgemental to my thoughts as they pass by. I’ll pay attention to and acknowledge what’s on my mind, noting any patterns that arise.

Focused meditation. With focused meditation, I’ll work on increasing my attention span by honing in on a single sound, object, mantra, thought, or even movement. I anticipate that staying committed to one focal point for 10 minutes will be rather challenging—a true mental exercise. But the feeling of rejuvenation at the end will make any initial discomfort worthwhile.

Guided meditation. Using various apps (Breathe, Calm, Insight Timer, etc.), I’ll listen to 10 minute guided meditations. These recordings will lead me through my practice with a goal in mind, such as cultivating kindness, harnessing my breathing, or calming my nerves.

Finally, here are the rules for this month’s 30-day meditation challenge:

  • Meditate for at least 10 uninterrupted minutes each day
  • Try mindfulness, focused, and guided meditation styles
  • Practice in the morning, daytime, and bedtime to see what I prefer

Indeed, this is another 30-day challenge centered around consistency and follow-through.

But what makes this month different from the previous two is that I’m more excited than ever to establish a healthy habit of daily meditation. (It also helps that I have finally set a reminder alarm to not miss a single day!)

Let’s see how this goes!

I invite you to find out more about my 30-Day Challenges here.

 

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