Tuesday, August 6, 2013

#Project30Days July Update and August Projects

I know I said this a couple of posts ago, but I can't believe how fast this summer is flying by!! I'm happy to report that I am getting a lot done. I have a lot of projects and ideas I'm working on right now, so it seems like every minute is spent either doing or thinking!

My July #project30days projects were hit and miss. One of them was to put my phone down while I am in the car. I would say I was about 95% with this one. It's a toughie, and something I am continuing to work on!! In bed by 9:30 was not such a success, but just thinking about getting in bed a little bit earlier was helpful to get myself headed up. I would say with a few exceptions I was in bed by 10 and asleep by 10:15 or so. Still not great, but, hey, I'm a work in progress right? And finally, to do what I say I'm going to do, I did a very good job at. The main thing that project helped me with was to stop and think before I actually say yes to things. Wow...what a revelation! ;)

So onward to August(ish). I will have just one project this month, because I am still definitely focusing on the early to bed although with a little more flexibility and the no phone in the car (rigidly). Sometimes when I am thinking about these projects the ones I KNOW I should be doing are the ones I am the most hesitant to commit to. It's funny how fear can be a big indicator of the direction into which we should head!

My August #project30days has a word in it that I have never been crazy about: meditation. Aack!! It just scares me! It's all new-age-y and woo-woo. I have to sit still...for multiple minutes in a row! I have to breathe deeply and let go! I have to close my eyes and relax! OMG!!

Seriously, though, I think a big part of my hesitation to use this word (I've been calling it quiet reflection for about 4 months now) is the connotation that it brings up for me. As a Christian I think there is also this feeling that "meditation" is somehow not right, not aligned with Christian principles. However, when I look up meditate in the Bible, clearly David was someone who spent a lot of time in meditation. Isn't it interesting that one of the most poetic books of the Bible was written by a man who spent a lot of time in meditation? One of my favorite verses is Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God." I think I need to listen to that and just settle down and be still for a few minutes a day.

And so I will embrace fully the word and the action of meditation this month. My goal is to meditate at least 5 minutes a day and also to have little mini-breathing breaks throughout the day. I want to stay connected and centered. So far I've done it for 4 days running and I'm feeling pretty good! One of the things I have found is that I have to let go of performance and judgment. There is no wrong way to meditate. If I fall asleep or drift off while I'm doing it, that's perfectly fine. If I start to get antsy after 10 minutes and decide I'm done, that is okay.

I'm very curious if any of you practice a sort of deliberate daily meditation? Please chime in with your thoughts if you do or if you don't or if you have tried? What worked? What didn't? Let's learn from each other!

1 comment :

  1. I tried leaving a comment before but doesn't look like it went through. Sorry if it posts twice.

    I used to have a regular meditation practice before my 2nd child was born (5 years ago). Yikes, time to stop using her as an excuse! I still meditate on and off again but nothing consistent. I am feeling a project for September :-). While I am not religious, I consider myself spiritual. Meditation was always a time for me to work on my relationship with God. It was a time to surrender myself (and my mind) to a divine power (ishvara pranidhana). How is that for new age woo woo? LOL.

    I am interested to hear what works for you as you cultivate this process. You know who else likes to meditate? My son. Sometimes we sit for 5 minutes before bed.


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