Hello there! I am just about halfway through my meditation challenge, and I wanted to give you all an update on how it’s going! If you haven’t read about my challenge, you can find my post about it here. That post also talks more in-depth about some of the many benefits of meditation.
In short, the challenge was to meditate for at least ten minutes every day for the month of August, so 31 days. Yesterday, I completed my fifteenth day, so I am halfway through, and I feel like I am definitely reaping the benefits of daily meditation already! Some benefits I’ve noticed are that I have an easier time focusing and I am handling my stress much better.
There’s an old zen saying: “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”
In other words, if you think you don’t have time to meditate, that means you really, really need to meditate. In my case, I’m just taking 10 minutes a day to begin with. Maybe next month, I’ll work up to 20 minutes a day.
I do either 10 minute meditation or 15 minute meditations. Some days, the 10 minute meditations don’t feel like enough, and sometimes, it feels like the 15 minute meditations take forever. It really depends on the day I’m having. I recommend starting with 10 minutes a day because sitting still for even 10 minutes a day is pretty challenging if you’re not used to it.
If you have a full-time job like me and you don’t use public transportation to commute, it can be kind of difficult to figure out when you should meditate. Here are the pros and cons of each time of day!
I’ve tried out all of these, but I usually meditate in the evening. The only con I see is that I’m sometimes so tired that I have to fight falling asleep, which is not ideal for meditation. To combat sleepiness, I try to meditate early in the evening. I also try to stay away from any place too comfortable. Meditating in bed or even on the couch is a no-no for me in the evening.
Have you tried meditating yet? If you have, what do you think?