New things 8) meditate each morning for ten days

Why hello there. It’s been a while hasn’t it? It’s been a bonkers time of year here – end of the school term, so work has been mega busy, ergo little time for poor old bloggy blogs. Anyway. Amongst the madness, I’ve been travel planning: got my rucksack sorted and I’ve booked my travel jabs for Friday. Eek!

In other news, I’ve tackled a new item off my list of twenty five new things before I turn twenty five. Meditation.

Those of you who know me well will know that I am one of life’s stress heads. If I’m not worrying about something, I feel worried. So I decided meditation was something I wanted to try. I’ve heard it calms your mind and stops it going into overdrive – perfect. So I downloaded the free Headspace app and began meditating every morning before I got out of bed.

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Headspace has a free ten day guided meditation system.

Something that surprised me: It felt different every day. Some days I was entirely focused, and felt irritated when reminded to “bring the mind back if it has wandered.” Other days when this was mentioned I realised I was in a complete daydream.

Also, I didn’t feel the benefit of meditation until I stopped. The day after the ten day course was complete I felt really frazzled and stressed. It took me a while to realise that it was because I was no longer meditating.

Something that made me laugh: Quite often I’d forget to go to the toilet before beginning the session. Don’t do that. Opening my eyes to find Tom’s face in mine was another highlight.

What did I learn?: It’s not as hard as it seems. It’s also more beneficial than it seems, and less silly. I’m going to keep going 🙂

All together now: OMMMMMM

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