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.
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.
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…
Ok, yes I have an over analytic, very active mind.
Time to try something else.
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.
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 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 (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?