Day 18 is all about meditating.
Most of us have heard about meditation and might believe that this practice was created by soccer moms and women who juice, but there is an extensive history behind meditation.
Meditation goes all the way back to the 12th century monk known as Guigo II. Many religions believe in the practice, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Bahai Faith.
Meditation can be performed in many ways, and used to alleviate different symptoms like anxiety, depression, stress, and pain.
To help with our phone usage, we are going to focus on mindfulness meditation to help construct attention-building. In mindfulness meditation, you choose something from your present experience to focus on. For example, your breathing, external sounds, physical sensations, or the coming and going of thoughts. Then, you try to maintain your attention on that one thing for a set period of time, without judging yourself or trying to change anything.
You might be thinking, “You’re pretty much doing nothing, that should be easy.” My answer to you is that it’s not.
It takes work to maintain focus without having your mind wander, and with distractions like cellphone usage and notifications, it makes the process more difficult. When you’re meditating and your mind wanders, it’s important to gently bring it back without criticizing yourself.
Today’s exercise is going to include a 5-10 minute meditation session, and I will record my experience below. You can use an old-fashioned timer or timer on your phone (dun dun) or if you want a guided meditation, pull one up on your computer or phone internet (dun dun dun). You might not want to use your phone in fear of getting sucked into an internet black hole, and that’s perfectly understandable, but this is one of the healthy ways you can transform your phone from mind-numbing distraction into useful tool.
I decided to use a timer on my phone. At first, I was going to use a meditation playlist from Spotify to help guide me, but I realized that I don’t have enough quiet time in my life. I chose a 10-minute meditation session with no music or guide.
I don’t know if this makes sense, but the more I was able to focus, the faster the time went by. I mainly focused on the noises surrounding me my own silence. These were the noises that occur every day, but we don’t pay attention to all of the time.
I heard soft, ticking noises from analog clocks in the house. There was a truck that went down the street, not as loudly as I would have expected. My dog was repositioning himself next to me, and made interesting, licking sounds. For a brief moment or two, I heard birds chirping, trying not to bother others as they go about their days.
Fun fact: While working towards my bachelor’s degree, I joined a meditation club at school, and it’s something they should have in every school as college can be a stressful time in our lives. I remembered doing a lot of body sensation work during that time, and decided to incorporate that into this session as well. I felt magical, like I could focus on a part of my body and provide it with warmth instantly.
I lost focus once by starting to think about something in my daily life, and carried my attention back to focusing on this task. Partaking in meditation today reminded me that I need to get back into meditation as it can be as little as 5-10 minutes of your day. Meditation can also help with my descriptive writing as you want the reader to use their five senses when reading your work.
Try to do a 5-10 minute meditation today, and comment below your experience. If you are following this program day by day, prepare for one of the hardest tasks we will have to do. I glanced ahead at titles, and while I’m a little nervous, I also know that we are capable of accomplishing this.
Thank you so much for reading and take care!
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