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Favorite Things: Meditation Edition - Eat on the Run

Favorite Things: Meditation Edition

by Melissa on March 26, 2014

Starting on this 40 day meditation challenge was really like starting any healthy habit.

I had to decide when to start.

How long I wanted to do it for.

Find a place to meditate.

Then begin.

It was awkward in the beginning.  Even though we practiced meditation during my yoga teacher training and I’ve done random meditations in the following months, this was a bit strange.  At first I just sat there.  Anxiety built.  Blah – stupid monkey mind.

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Ok.  So that wasn’t going to work. 

I tried a few online meditation albums of quiet rivers and the ocean in a rainstorm.  Instead of drifting off into the sounds I critiqued the track for how realistic is sounded.  On a scale of 1 – 10 this one is about 7, those really aren’t birds…

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Ok, yes I have an over analytic, very active mind.

Time to try something else.

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Perfect.  Guided meditations are a focal point for me which is obviously exactly what I needed.  I’ve been following Heather Waxman on social media for awhile.  It wasn’t for about a week or two into my meditation challenge that I thought of her album.

I had received an iTunes giftcard and since I no longer own any Apple products, this was a perfect selection. 

Her Morning and Manifesting meditations are beautiful and uplifting.  Such a gift to start my day with these. 

And yes, I’ve decided mornings are the best time for me.  I’ve always been a morning exerciser, so this really should come at no surprise. 

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Since mornings are my ideal time, my (made) bed is currently my meditation spot.  I know most meditation experts may not agree with this – too easy to fall asleep – but with a warm cup of coffee in my hands and the comfort of the pillows, I can relax and let go for a few minutes here.  My living room reminds me of all the things I should be doing.  My desk is there, my to do list, my work bag, etc.  My bedroom is a bit of sanctuary.  I really don’t let work or computers into the room.

As a part of my meditation challenge, I’ve been binging on anything dealing with spirituality.  I MEAN BINGING!

I think I watched about 20 clips from Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday on Youtube, watched Gabrielle Bernstein clips, listened to Marie Forleo, and also bought one of Gabrielle’s books.

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I don’t have a complete review yet (coming!).  But I’m enjoying the preparation work for the start of her journey.  She also recommends 40 days.  So thank you Lent for being a perfect spiritual length Smile (who would’ve thought).

I’m not really sure where this meditation challenge is taking me yet, but I like it. 

I guess that’s the point – having faith in the journey.

 

Do you have a meditation practice?  If so, do you have a special place set up for it?

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Christine @ http://idratherbesweating.com/ March 31, 2014 at 7:58 am

Good for you for taking on this challenge. I too have a busy mind and it is hard for me to sit still and “just be” when I have a to-do list running through my mind. I have started doing a 7-minute morning yoga routine and that has started to slow me down and being more mindful of my mind and body so that is a start for me. How is Gabby’s book?! I have been wanting to check it out but haven’t yet.Cannit wait for the review!

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Melissa April 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

That’s great you’ve started the morning yoga routine! Yoga can be meditation, just moving meditation. Gabby’s book is wonderful. She’s a beautiful writer. Will have a full review later :)

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