I have always been interested in meditation. In my personal life and recovery from addiction, it’s showed up in many places. The brief moments of meditation at the end of yoga classes, the meditations in twelve-step rooms, and friends who are avid meditators.
I’ve even tried meditation in my life before, but never really with any success. I went to a few meditation groups here and there, downloaded some apps, and never really got into. Recently, a friend told me about a meditation challenge they did, and I thought I would give it a try.
Why? Well, I know mindfulness can be super beneficial. Mindfulness meditation has many benefits, such as the power to reduce anxiety. At this time in my life, I was dealing with some work stress, and wanted to give it a shot again.
I discovered and signed up for One Mind Dharma’s 30 Day Meditation Challenge at https://oneminddharma.com/30-day-meditation-challenge/. The idea is simple. You can subscribe for free to 30 days worth of emails, or just find the playlist on YouTube to do on your own time. Easy enough.
Over the course of the 30 days, I was introduced to a ton of different forms of meditation. I had always thought meditation was just about sitting and focusing on the breath, but this challenge introduced me to practices like loving-kindness, compassion, and body scans.
Although most sitting periods were difficult and full of wandering mind, I actually made it through each and every period of guided meditation. At the end of the 30 days, I was actually sad it was over. The good news is that you can start over and re-sign up for free no problem!
The reason I was so drawn to doing it again is that I immediately noticed benefits in my life. I moved a little slower, was less reactive, and a little kinder to myself. These were not huge changes or anything, but subtle ones I noticed in my everyday life.
When I make a mistake, I’m able to be patient with myself. When I go into autopilot at work and begin stressing out, I can bring myself back. I’m beginning to see all the ways in which my habits are actually causing pain and suffering for myself.
I super recommend checking out One Mind Dharma’s meditation challenge. There are also tons of other meditation resources out there. We recommend checking out PsyCom’s Meditation Resources for some great pages.