My meditation minute

Meditation is a scary word. I don’t know how to meditate. I’ve been hearing the word for years, but it’s always been something that other people do, not me. From what I understand, it’s the practice of quieting your mind. I’m not sure I understand how to do that. So, you see, meditation is not for me.

Or so I thought.

Last week, when I went to Ichih’s yin yoga class, she talked about how to start a meditation practice. She said to set up a mat, because if it’s there, you’ll do it, and if it’s in the closet, you won’t. Then every morning, just sit. Start with one minute, then add one minute every day. It takes 40 days to form a habit, so it’s a kind of 40 day challenge. I do love a good challenge!

I decided this was something I could try, because it didn’t seem too intimidating or impossible. I have a spare bedroom, so I thought I would set up my extra mat in there. However, the room looked like this.

Thankfully, I had the day off yesterday, so I moved some stuff around, got rid of lots of things I don’t need, including the computer desk, and ended up with this.

I was pretty excited and even tried out my new space with some of my favourite poses.

Last night, before I went to bed, I got all my stuff ready for morning, so I wouldn’t feel rushed. It’s only a minute, but it’s a mind over matter kind of thing. I thought I’ve got this.

I am not a morning person. I got up this morning and stumbled to my mat. I was rumpled, grouchy and sleepy. My meditation went like this.

I want to sleep! Suck it up, it’s only a minute. I’m tired. I can’t sit up straight. I feel all slouchy. Maybe I should wear my purple dress. No, my pink t-shirt. Has it been one minute yet? My back hurts. Ok, concentrate. On what? My foot’s asleep. Do I have a meeting today? Breathe in, breathe out. Ok, that’s it. I’m done.

It was so hard! I’m not even sure I did one whole minute. I really did not expect it to be that difficult. But, I did it. I got up, and I sat. This meditation stuff is not for sissies. I think it’s ok that it wasn’t easy. If it was, the rewards wouldn’t be as great. I didn’t feel any different today, but I’m not expecting magic, either.

I’m going to try doing this every day. I’m not sure I’m ready to add one minute a day, however. I think I’ll focus my energy on having one really good minute every morning, before I try to make it longer. I don’t think it will work if I try to do too much at once. It will be impossible, then I’ll give up all together.

Do you have a meditation practice? Any tips for a meditation minute that will leave me feeling enlightened and energized?

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12 thoughts on “My meditation minute

  1. Zab says:

    Hey. I’ve got a book at home that I’ll try to find for you when I’m there. Some easy way to learn to meditate – wasn’t quite easy enough for me though… you might have more luck with it.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Doing a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing before meditating is a good way to ease into the zone. If I do some gentle pranayama like that for a few minutes, my mind settles down and it becomes easier to just watch the breath. I also like Dr. Jeffrey Thompson’s CDs that are designed specifically to transition into gamma or theta brainwaves. The sounds really do quicken the process of slipping into that meditative state!

  3. Ichih says:

    It is not wise to rush about. If too much energy is used, exhaustion follows. Seeing the small is insight; yielding to force is strength. You are on the path…

  4. adventures2213 says:

    Hey there.
    I am just finishing the book, “The Buddha Walks into a Bar” and it is a great guide to keep you connected/motivated to meditation.
    Meditation is on my list, too!
    You rock!

    • The Bliss Project says:

      Thanks! I don’t feel like such a rockstar in the morning when I just can’t seem to sit still for one minute! Hopefully, one day I’ll be a meditation superhero!!
      That sounds like a book I would love to read! I’ll have to look for it.

  5. Sam @ Fit for my Fork says:

    I really don’t feel like meditation is for me either, and I’d probably not be able to shut my brain off for even a minute in order to get any benefits from it. Good luck in your challenge, it’ll be interesting to see if you improve (can you improve at meditation?) as the days go on! Perhaps you’ll inspire me to start a regular meditation as well!

    PS: I’ve been looking for an email to contact you with and can’t find one on here. I wanted to ask you if you’d be interested in doing a guest post for me in my Fit Body, Fit Mind series where health and fitness bloggers share their favourite books. My email is fitformyfork@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you! 🙂

    • The Bliss Project says:

      I definitely think there is room for improvement in my meditation practice! I think sitting for a whole minute without squirming will be a turning point for me!!
      I sent you an e-mail about the fit body, fit mind. I would love to do it!

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