Thirty days of daily meditation – by far the most challenging project I’ve completed to date. I made a commitment of practicing meditation for 30 minutes to 1 hour daily. I started on the 15th of the month (as always!) after finishing a 60-minute Moksha Yoga (asana) class.
Within a few days, I became distracted in every way imaginable. I made up excuses to avoid sitting still; the very thing I yearned for since completing Teacher Training. I was conflicted. After reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda I was even more motivated to meditate, yet when I had the time I was lured into playing iPhone games or roaming on Facebook checking up on my “friends”. After repeated unsuccessful attempts to meditate before bed, I decided to delete the apps from my phone and disconnect from Facebook for the next 21 days. I also sought out some guided meditations before starting my second phase with the hope of learning new techniques to calm my mind.
Here are some of the reactions and thoughts I had after disconnecting and meditating over the next few weeks:
- I feel motivated and anxious about disconnecting with technology, but wow, I’ve discovered all of this extra time! Maybe it’s not so bad.
- I felt refreshed this morning. It was definitely easier to maintain my concentration today.
- My mind is racing a bit. I have a lot to do before the end of this week. I tried to listen to the guided meditation again, but it doesn’t seem to be helping.
- I fell asleep twice. I think my body needs a rest.
- I meditated for an hour and a half – oh my goodness! I didn’t even think that was possible.
- My meditation came naturally today. I feel privileged to practice with others.
- I feel motivated and inspired.
- What a relief. I needed the quietness.
- I am grateful for everything I have in my life.
- I’m not so interested in Facebook anymore. I want to spend time with my family.
During this online hiatus, I had an opportunity to travel and meditate in to 2 different Moksha Yoga studios in Canada: Moksha Yoga Montreal, QC and Moksha Yoga Kelowna, BC. I want to extend my gratitude to the teachers, teachers-in-training, energy exchangers, and students who I met during this time. Thank you for being so welcoming!
My dedicated practice helped me to be more present, dare I say “awake”, during interactions with those around me. I realized that the key to understanding others starts with a deeper understanding of myself, which may be achieved with a consistent meditation practice. I’m really happy that I was able to work through what was holding me back from finding peace.