Some of the things that meditating for 500 days in a row has taught me (in random order):
- Meditating outside is awesome.
- Meditation does not mean that you can automatically make all thoughts go away. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The mind is a restless little thing and it tends to get antsy some days when things get quiet.
- I need lots of different methods of meditation to pull from depending on what my mind is doing that day.
- Some days I just need more sleep.
- The effects of meditation show up when you are not sitting.
- It, like anything else, can become competitive and filled with self-judgment.
- Some days, morning meditation isn’t the most effective time for me to sit.
- If I can get quiet and focus, I really can get answers.
- I do have the wisdom within me.
- If you can breathe, you can meditate.
- EVERYONE needs meditation.
- Our society is training us into chitta.
- Petting the dog can count as meditation.
- Now that I have figured out how to sit so that my leg doesn’t fall asleep, my knee is talking back to me.
- I’m a work in progress.
- I am immensely blessed.
- The world needs loving kindness meditation and so do I. It has the ability to enable healing.
- I may never fully understand all of the aspects of myself and will certainly never understand all of the aspects of anyone else.
- I can only change me.
- I can control, change, and redirect my thoughts, which in turn, changes my experience and my reality.
- When you tell people you are going to sit in meditation for X# of minutes, they generally respect that.
- There is something much bigger than me and at the same time, the entire universe is within me.
- Even though I meditate every single day, I still lose my shit sometimes.
- Meditation has changed my experience of time. When the mind slows down, time seems to pass at a different rate.
- Nothing lasts forever.
- I LOVE mantra!
- 5 minutes can be as effective as 20.
- When I add even a few yoga poses to my seated meditation, my body feels even better.
- I am not my body, my thoughts, my accomplishments, or the stories I tell myself.
- I want to help people and I just want everyone to be happy.
- Sometimes, I am too serious. I want to be able to laugh at everything.
- Things that we treat with importance, many times really don’t matter.
- I still get caught up in my thoughts, emotions, and stories and have to practice redirecting myself.
- I can’t imagine living without yoga and meditation in my life.
- I have a lot of good to share. And you do too.
- Your brain is a liar! (a lot of the time)
- We should be teaching meditation and yoga in school.
- Everyone has time to meditate if they choose to.
- I plan to live, practice, and teach this for the rest of my life.
Here is a link to a great article outlining scientific benefits of meditation: http://liveanddare.com/benefits-of-meditation/
Give it a try. For the next few moments, focus on your breath. How it feels entering through your nostrils, filling your lungs- full enough to allow the belly to expand as you breathe in. And then notice your breath as it exits through the nostrils and your body relaxes. Now repeat this 9 more times. Do this whenever you think to!