Over the last two months I’ve been following a mindfulness course. Mindfulness is all about meditation, learning to live in the here-and-now, and focussing your attention. I loved the peace and calm the breathing and meditation exercises brought me. But sometimes I’m so busy, that I just forget to make time for my meditation.
Therefor, I have decided to join the 21-day Meditation challenge 2012 from Deepak Chopra, a well-established teacher/writer in mindfulness and meditation.
Tips for meditation from Deepak Chopra:
Where to Meditate
Since these are guided meditations, you can plug in, close your eyes, and go within in any safe place you choose where you will not be disturbed.
When to Meditate
Morning and evening coincide with our body’s quieter rhythms. Our body knows how to be still; we just have to give it opportunity. Studies show that routines begun in the morning last the longest, but any time you look forward to meditating is the right time.
Being comfortable is most important. It is preferable to sit up straight on the floor or on a chair to help cultivate alertness, but if you are ill or need to lie down, that is fine. The mind has been conditioned to sleep when the body is lying down so you may feel sleepier. Your hands can relax on your lap, palms up or any way that you feel most open.
Thoughts will inevitably drift in and dance around your mind, but that’s normal. Don’t try to do anything with them – let them be. If you find yourself thinking about what’s passing through your mind, just return to focusing your awareness on the mantra or your breath – you will soon slip into the space between thoughts.
When we pay attention to our breath, we are in the present moment. In an unforced, natural rhythm, allow your breath to flow in and out, easily and effortlessly.
The effects of meditation are cumulative, and setting aside as little as 15 minutes a day to retreat and rejuvenate is beneficial. Many schools of meditation prescribe 30 minutes of meditation twice a day, and as your meditation practice evolves, you can extend your time. It’s better to spend just a few minutes meditating every day rather than meditating for an hour a week.
Meditation challenge 2012 – community
I have decided to blog about my progress in the challenge. I hope some of you will want to join me and blog about it as well. We could discuss our progress and experiences. We could learn from each other, and motivate and inspire each other to do our daily meditations. Together it will be more fun and educational.
The challenge starts at 5 november 2012, but I believe each of the meditations will be available for 10 days after the publication date. So you can start later. When you start later, feel free to still join our little community. I’m sure everybody who will join, will be happy to hear about your experiences.
I will try to write a daily post about the challenge and my experiences. Start following my blog, so you want miss any of my posts.
How to join?
- Leave a comment with a link to your blog.
- Start every post about the challenge with: Meditation Challenge.
- Tag every post with #Meditation Challenge – creating abundance.
- Link your posts to this main post, or to my post of the challenge day, so others can find your posts.
- Start following my blog to keep up-to-date with my posts on the Meditation challenge.
I hope you will join me in this challenge!