I Just Wrapped Up My February 10-Minute Daily Challenge. Here’s How It Went.

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In late January, I set a goal of meditating for 10 minutes (no more, no less) a day, every day in February. I just finished my last day of the challenge (yes, I did it every day!) and it’s been great.

Although the agita-agitator is always present in life, my reaction to it has shifted, and rather than causing me anguish, I actually find myself (mostly) welcoming it. Wild!

And here’s how things went with the daily meditations:

Day 1: Awkward. There’s no other word for it. It seemed like this should have had some slightly epic kickoff but instead, I got it in while waiting for my computer to finish updating. There was no special space that I created, no candles or aura of wonder. I had my hands in several positions because I couldn’t figure out what to do with them, nothing felt quite right. But, alas, I managed to concentrate for what I’m guessing was about 65% of the time and was surprised when my alarm chimed at the 10-minute mark. In trying to focus on the issue, I felt a bit of agita here and there, so potentially tapping into something. And in following links from someone who liked my post on Day 1 of the challenge, I ended up at a site with some interesting health research, including this TED talk on the neuroplasticity of the brain. Can I reprogram my brain to embrace this fear? Is the immune system changeable like that, too, I wonder?

Day 2: Better. Still a bit awkward, sat in a different room, still finding my mantra but think I nailed it. Also found how my hands should be, I think. The time flew, too, and I felt happy after.

Day 3: Good. Used the same spot, mantra and hand position as yesterday and am settling into it.

Day 4: Lighter. Did it after my Barre3 workout and felt pretty grounded. Already, thoughts and images of this thing are less worrisome. Changed my hands around, same position, just opposite hands. Finding what’s best, I guess.

Day 5: Funny. As in haha, because of my dog, Ella. Apparently, she wanted to meditate, too.

Day 6: Breathe-y. Not breathy. Breathe-y. Maybe it’s because I got it in immediately after my Barre3 workout, very deep belly breathing with this one. And whenever I thought of my ‘thing,’ no agita.

Day 7: Full. I did it right after breakfast (should have done it before).

Day 8: Great (minutes 1-8 or so). Then antsy (for the rest).

Day 9: Late. Mostly great.

Day 10: Fine.

Day 11: Good, if grumpy. But good, and progress already, I think!

Day 12: Someone close is feeling sadly and badly, so I veered from the daily mantra to send strength that way.

Day 13: See Day 12.

Day 14: Close! Almost forgot and did it just before bed!

Day 15: Smooth and easy. I’m coming to grips with the thing that caused me such agita and it’s getting remarkably better, and meditated on that and the person who needed help this week together. I suppose that’s a little off-track, but I’m okay with it today.

Day 16: Racy mind, sleepy body.

Day 17: Late. We had a dinner party, prepping all day, two dozen people here ’til midnight. Got it in just before bed, though.

Day 18: Late, sleepy and lovely. The impact of thing that had given me such agita is dramatically reduced, not only when I meditate on it, but also when it crops up in daily life. I’d say my stress around it is already reduced by about 80%.

Day 19: Peaceful and happy.

Day 20: Calm. Very calm.

Day 21: Light and bright.

Day 22: Early. One of the first things I did. I still get antsy around the eight-minute mark, but it’s helping tremendously with the ‘thing’ and the agita and everything, I think.

Day 23: Best yet.

Day 24: Calm and quiet.

Day 25: A bit deeper.

Day 26: Nearly forgot, did it just before bed again.

Day 27: Racing mind. To make up for yesterday, I did it first thing in the morning. I’m better later in the day.

Day 28: Enlightening. Really. I did this later in the day, after I’d gotten some bad news. Normally, I’d be a burning, churning wreck. Instead, while I felt momentarily pummeled, I resolved not to let it bring me down (it wouldn’t be forever, this thing), and I pretty quickly came up with a few alternative plans to deal with it. I’m sure my calm and clarity around it are because of the meditation (and maybe my new supplement, too?), even though not directly related to what I’d been focusing on.

I’m going to continue with the 10-minute meditations for March (for forever?), and set a new 10-minute challenge, too, sometime tonight, so that I’m ready to start tomorrow.

If you did one, I’d love to hear about it. If not, give it a whirl, 10 minutes a day really does make a HUGE difference!

Cheers, and thanks for reading.

{Note: This blog follows my experiences with applied kinesiology and it clearly isn’t meant as medical advice for anyone else. But I know a lot of friends and family members are grappling with a huge variety of autoimmune issues and other ailments, so I’m happy to share my experiences. And if this is your first visit and you’d like to follow chronologically, click here. Otherwise, enjoy!}

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2 comments

  1. This time I did. I’ve used guided meditations in the past and like them, but really wanted to focus on a specific thought/mantra/image for this month, to see if it would help. And it did!

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  2. I have tried meditation but only with an app. I love Relax and Rest. I have told people about it and they claim it has helped them too.! Did you do it in complete silence?

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