Well folks, WE DID IT! 30 Days of meditation! Thank you everyone for all the support whether it was letting me know you read my blog post or snapchatting me back to keep me accountable day after day—trust me it all helped. I love you all endlessly.
So here is a refresher of the guidelines I set for myself at the beginning of my challenge:
-Meditate EVERY DAY (no cheat days...I did cheat one day)
-Wake up by 7:30AM every day
-Watch 2 sunrises
-Do yoga at least once a week
-Write down 3 observations about my progress every day
-Gain more perspective
-Set daily intentions
-Feel more productive
-Express more gratitude
I was already struggling with waking up at 7:30AM every day so I don’t know why I thought I was going to see 2 sunrises. But I did see one! I learned that 1 sunrise is enough for one month haha.
Even how I feel writing this post right now is a testament to how meditation has changed me this month. Whenever I have a list like my rules above, I go down the list and notice a pang in the chest when I come to a point that I didn’t do. But as I read my list I don’t feel that. Instead, I am calm, open, and feel satisfied with what I have accomplished. For me, that is really good.
Carla just shared a Science Bulletin article with me where researchers found meditation to have immunological benefit along with its ability to relieve stress! Huzzah! Thanks, Carla! This totally makes sense to me because even taking 10 minutes out of your day to just sit is 10 minutes of giving your body a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. So it’s really no wonder that meditation has physical effects on your body.
Speaking of physical effects, meditation has also made me want to exercise more regularly. This really ties the mental benefits of meditation to my physical reaction to it. When I finished meditating, I felt lighter and ready to take on the world. Taking care of my mind made me feel like I should be doing everything possible to care for my body overall. This was one of the best parts of the whole experience because it really reminded of everything I learned in Body Image Task Force. By taking the time to give my mind more space, I felt more connected to my body and appreciative of everything it does for me. I LOVE MY BODY *hugging myself*
Honestly there is so much more that I experienced during these 30 days but I’ll keep it short. I have loved incorporating meditation into my life. I believe it continues to shape my perspective of life in small ways. I see it in the ways I appreciate my friends, take time to read my book, and argue less with my sister—little things that make me a little happier every day. These 30 days have filled me with hope for my health and has given me all the ~warmfuzzies~. Thanks for coming along with me! See you soon!