I can’t sleep. I have a lot of stress; I mean A LOT and need all the help I can get.
Life as we know it has come to a grinding halt since the coronavirus pandemic began. I’m trying to balance working from home full-time, parenting full-time, taking on a university course, and now I’m apparently a kindergarten and grade 3 teacher too. All of this on top of my regular very long to-do list.
I’ve been reading about meditation and all the supposed benefits for years now. There’s even been a few times that I’ve dabbled in a little ‘quieting of the mind’ myself, but it never lasts more than one or two sessions. Every time I try it’s been a not-so-magical experience that feels like it’s never ending.
I try to shut my brain up but it just won’t STOP!
Then I saw this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh “We don’t meditate to become good meditators. We meditate to be more awake in our lives.”
That’s it – I’m not awake in my life right now I’m simply functioning, I’m not breathing in the spring air, I’m not hearing the birds chirp, I’m missing out on my children’s laughter all because I’m trying to get so much done. Well that has to stop because life’s moving too fast and before I know it I will be taking my final breath.
So today I commit to taking the time every.single.day. for the next 4 weeks to meditate in order to cultivate mindfulness in my life. I will get started with a morning practice as suggested by Headspace and will take you – my reader – on the journey with me and share my wins, my struggles, the various practices I try, and of course – the benefits I’m experiencing with my new practice.
According to the Headspace blog – over time, the benefits of developing a meditation practice will become reward enough to maintain the habit. So that’s what I’m going to do – stick it out until those benefits kick in and it becomes a part of my regular routine just like brushing my teeth. I’m going to start easy – every morning after I wake I will meditate for the first 5 -10 minutes of my day with the Headspace app and then see where it evolves from there.
I hope you will come along for the ride and hold me accountable because this time I’m not going to give up!
Before you go, maybe you can leave me a comment letting me know if you have a meditation practice and if so, what does that look like?