Today marks exactly 30 days of me meditating everyday. Today also marks 30 days of effort I took to allow myself feel what I really feel. What an eye opening month.
Meditation is about being present, achieving inner peace by clearing your mind, letting thoughts pass by without judging them. And this, for my great surprise is way more difficult to achieve than one can imagine.
A great thing about meditation is that you do not really need that much to practice it. In fact, all you need is yourself. Doesn’t matter what type of meditation you want to practise, YOU need to stop and take a moment for yourself.
There are heaps of tools and resources you can use in order to learn more about meditation and start practicing it. All you needs is a willingness to try. For my 30 days meditation challenge I chose to use 3 different apps, as well as do some reading on the topic.
A quick rundown on the apps I used. All of these apps provide free as well as premium paid plans.
Headspace – guided meditation was very pleasant and calming, easy to follow. Short videos, explaining how our thoughts work, provided between sessions, were interesting and engaging.
Calm – I found guided meditations delightful, having nature sounds in the background was more pleasant and helpful than I thought at fist. At the end of the month I found myself coming back to this app more frequently than expected.
Omvana – one of the most praised features of the app – mixer. It allows you to mix different tracks and create your own meditation sequence. Even though I found the idea interesting, I did not get much use out of it. Instead I would just play guided meditation tracks and follow the voice.
My experience: difficult to start, sad to part.
Finding time to meditate everyday, even for 10 minutes, can be a rather challenging task. What I found helpful is attaching the practise to some of the routines I have already established. I like to meditate first time in the morning after taking a shower. It gives a great start to the day.
If on the first days I found it difficult to squeeze in extra 10 minutes into my day, at around two weeks mark I was already looking forward to unwinding using meditation.
What one month of meditation taught me? Being present.
I am not saying I have mastered the art of being present in just one month. However, I have started noticing how little time I spend being in a present moment. Throughout the day my mind is constantly racing: planning, organising, scheduling – all of it aiming to the future. “But what about now?” I would stop and think. Being aware of what you have and feel now is no less important.