When I was a student at Regis University, I took a general religion class that introduced me to meditation. My professor for that course is a fascinating woman whom I greatly admire. For quite a while, she was a practicing Buddhist. But in the recent years, she converted to Catholicism. Her religious background provided unique insights to my class. In particular, she introduced us to meditation.
Meditation has endless benefits to the mind, body, and soul. Meditation can ground you by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. It can center you by improving self-esteem, emotional balance, and your relationship with yourself. It will bring you focus by increasing mental focus, memory retention, and cognitive skills. Additionally, there are many scientifically proven benefits to improving your physical health and increasing longevity.Meditation has endless benefits! Join the #30DayMeditationChallenge with @BeSimplyIt today! Click To Tweet
With all these benefits in mind, after the course ended, I tried to meditate regularly. I quickly learned that meditation isn’t something that you “just do for fifteen minutes.” Meditation is like any learned skill. It requires practice, dedication, and commitment to truly deepen your practice. Later, I got out of my (loose) habit of meditation.
However, I feel like it’s time to get back into my practice. Now, I’m no expert. So much of this will be a great learning experience for all of us. However, I wanted to start a 30 Day Meditation Challenge to reinvigorate myself, hold myself accountable, and encourage you to join me!
Every Wednesday of this month, I’ll post a new focus for our meditation practice for the week. For this week, let’s try to meditate for 2-3 minutes every morning (or your preferred time of day). Sit in a comfortable place, elminiate distractions, and close your eyes. During our meditation, let’s focus on breathing. Pay close attention to the pace of your breath, the feeling of your breath as it travels through your nose to your lungs, and simply the sensation of breathing. If you can meditate for longer, that’s great! But I wanted to start small for those of us (myself included) who are a bit intimidated by sitting down with just ourselves for an entire 10 minutes.
At some point, I’m sure you’ll start thinking about all the things you have to do today. You have laundry, grocery shopping, emails, etc. etc. etc. That’s okay and totally natural! But these few minutes are not the time to worry about all those tasks. These few minutes are just for you. If you feel your mind start to wander, gently bring it back to focus on your breathing. Sometimes it helps to choose a phrase or mantra that will help you re-center your mind. Of course, I tell myself to be simply it. 🙂 But you can choose any phrase you like!
Now, I know that 2-3 minutes doesn’t sound like a long time, but it’s always good to start small. You’d be surprised how long it takes for 2 minutes to pass when you’re only focusing on your breathing! Meditation is like working out a muscle. You have to continue to exercise in order to get stronger. I like to set a soothing timer on my phone. So once my 3 minutes are up, I can gently leave my meditation to the sound of Here Comes the Sun (or whatever favorite song/sound you choose).I'm taking steps to re-gound myself on the #30DayMeditationChallenge with @BeSimplyIt! Click To Tweet
So tomorrow morning, set aside a couple minutes to yourself to ground, focus, and center yourself with some meditation. Join the 30 Day Meditation Challenge with me! Best of luck with your practice!