May 16, 2017

Meditation Challenge: Day 1

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:20 am by kellyfdennis

I am embarking on a curious adventure to meditate for 10 minutes per day for 10 days. I want to observe the process and note any changes I notice in myself as the days go on. I hope to be a able to be consistent as well in blogging my experience.

Day 1 started with exploring the Insight Timer app (thanks, Maricelle!). It’s a free app with many, and I mean many, free meditation music creations, guided imagery, guided meditations, podcasts, etc. For my first selection, I chose “Music Meditation: Morning Dew”. It was a delightful mix of flowing, soothing music and nature sounds. I concentrated on my breathing and settled in, enjoying my body’s response to quieting and listening. That last for what seemed like an eternity, but alas, I peeked and only 3 minutes had gone by. UGH!

I was not wanting to be undone by this, so I refocused my breathing and settled in to listening to the changes in music while paying attention to my breathing. This back and forth seemed to work pretty nicely and I was able to last about another 5 minutes.  For the last 2 minutes of the 10 minute meditation, I was very aware of the discomfort in my body, while simultaneously trying to focus on the music and my breathing.

So what did I notice? I was aware of a slowing of my breathing and a more peaceful sense in my body and mind during the 5 minutes I was able to sit quietly. I was mindful of how much I connected with the music and the rhythm of my breathing. Even though I am trying not to judge my experience, I have to admit that I felt frustrated with not being able to sit conformably in my body for 10 minutes. I did notice a quick return to focusing on deep breathing later in the day during a particularly stressful moment. I am pretty adept at that, though, so I’m not sure if meditating in the morning had anything to do with it.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Day 2 holds! Be Well and Have a Wonderful Day!

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