So am I now a Buddhist and no longer a Christian? Oh calm down of course I still love Jesus.
Paul even knew the importance of meditation!
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, meditate on these things.”
It’s actually a Godly thing to clear your mind of worry and to replace it with sober and awesome thoughts (check out the two verses before 4:8!!)
Anyway, not here to preach. More than anything I wanted to share my experience.
SO… to preface, I am a worrier and terrible and being aware or in control of my emotional state. It’s true! I don’t fancy bashing on myself, but acknowledging my week areas makes space to improve on them!
For 10 days, I devoted myself to 10 minutes of meditation. Now keep in mind we were in the middle of a move, our moving truck broke down and the temporary place we were staying all the sudden wasn’t available. I missed a day but jumped right back on the band wagon the next day! I’m a real and imperfect person and I like to share that:) For the sake of argument though, let’s just say 10 days of 10.
My initial interest came in two ways. One was, almost all the successful people I know seem to value breathing and meditation each day. There is truly an eerie commonality you cannot ignore among the elite and effective. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pastor changing the world or a billionaire, they all seem to know the importance.
The other interest was how many time the bible talks about how we should meditate. Old Testament and New it seems like each book of the Bible has something on meditating or listening quietly. Even other religions practice the art of meditation. Leading me to believe it’s quite important.
So with these things in mind (haha) I set out to give it a try. How hard could it be to sit still and breath for 10 minutes a day? HARD. At least at first.
My first day was excruciating while also enlightening. I could barely sit still, thoughts violently raced through my mind and every way I adjusted was more uncomfortable than the last. “I should check my phone…What did I eat for lunch yesterday?” I thought. This was accompanied with “what REALLY is my favorite color? Oh! that show was good last night. When was the last time I deep cleaned the bathroom?” Seriously, no wonder I “overthink” things. I don’t stop thinking EVER.
So day one was a kick in the butt. Moving on through day 2 and 3 though was pretty awesome. Although there was still some discomfort physically and mentally when trying to sit still and clear my mind, the daily benefits were worth the adjustment. I started to notice I was calmer, and when things didn’t go my way or the way I thought they would I was substantially more resilient to the changes. I also noticed my tolerance of both myself and others was on a whole new level. When I would do something wrong or someone required a level of patience, it seemed like there was a reserve to do so, like I was more and I could give more.
day 4-9 brought the same results as day 2-3 plus some. Being able to remove myself from what I was feeling was something I hadn’t really experienced before. Now when I say remove myself, I do not mean get rid of how I’m feeling. Rather, when a negative emotion came, I could analyze it and see why I was feeling that way. Same with positive emotions. The art analyzing before reacting to emotion also proved to short wind a “bad” mood and cleared up space for more opportunities to smile, go with the flow and experience situations I may have otherwise not been aware of. I also noticed it was easier to be close to God through just making extra space for Him, where as before He was pushed aside for worry and being “busy”.
Day 10 was an evaluation of the difference 10 days of meditation had made. My mind had gone from being cluttered most of the time to quite clear more often than not. Thoughts came and went rather than creating a cloudy emotional storm. I also experienced an increase in my thankfulness for life and an awareness of the little things I often overlooked due to a cluttered mind. I am also more aware of what my body wants and needs. Hunger, sleep, solitude and social interaction are things I am more aware of right away vs. when it is too late. OH, and I also sleep better too!
Over all, I am so thankful for this new found practice that is leading to many other wonderful things. For more on the HOW to meditate, well let’s just say I have had some help. I used an app called HEADSPACE. I simply plug in my headphones each morning and for ten minutes listened to the guy go through how to meditate for long term result. I would like to keep having a little help from the app, maybe for another week, then I would really like to start just doing it on my own. With time, I hope to go for longer duration and possibly in the future work through things I didn’t know where there!
By the way, this is now my 3rd week meditating almost every day for about 10 minutes or more. All of the benefits from the first 10 days have only just gotten better!
What do you think? Have you tried meditation? What was hard for you? Why would you like to try it? Share this post with those curious about quieting their minds!