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The Meditation Experiment

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

For long, I wanted to make daily meditation part of my life.
Finally, I started a 30 day trial on 18th Dec. It looked like an easy enough - difficult enough challenge to keep my focus on healthy life during the holidays.

I calibrated it for 15 minutes, which is less then my ideal goal, but my focus now is to establish the habit of doing meditation. When I am regularly doing it, and find the time for it in my daily schedule, I can scale it up to be longer.

So far, I am on track every day, and very happy for the results.

Some benefits that I already see:
1. If I do it in the MORNING, my day has an energized and in focused atmosphere. Somehow I work more on the things that matter. Strangely, my hunger is less, and I have more wish to go out for exercise.

2. When I do it in the EVENING, it is a great way to close down the day, and wind down all the happiness and stress from that day. My sleep is much better afterwards.

3. Having a healthy lifestyle goal in FOCUS makes other challenges that show up much easier to deal with. Somehow, if I pay attention to this one, automatically I have more "energy" to do the other things right, too.

It feels great just to do meditation every day.
If it works well this way for the whole 30 days, I will experiment with doing it both in the morning and in the evening, making a frame for my day.

I wanted to this for years, and was wondering why it happens now, and not before. Some funny facts I found:
1. There is a nice warm carpet now in the room, which invites for sitting, kneeling, laying down on it.
2. I found my watch which can make only one "bip" when the countdown timer finishes. So I have a gently transit out.
3. Winter and especially "dark" December fosters looking inside.
4. As in maintenance mode, my nutrition in general is on track, and my exercise is on track. So I can start to improve the third big area, rest/recreation.
5. I went to a 4 day silent retreat in Dec 2012, which boosted my motivation to start this trial. I expected it would boost it, so it was a good decision having done it!

This is a look-out tower nearby. It was near freezing conditions, and the heavy fog blocked all visibility. It was a really funny to walk in this "white air mud". Everything was so silent and calm.


Are you doing meditation?
How you do it? (Time, place, format?)
Or are you doing any other type of recreation/stop in the morning or the evening?
Any tips are welcome!

Happy new year!

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Update:
A friend of mine recommended this podcast on meditation.
Looks good!
www.themeditationpodcast
.com/
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SLIMBOT 1/4/2013 4:29PM

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PEPPYPATTI 1/3/2013 6:21PM

    Way to go on your meditation. I find it hard as I have ADHD but I usually set aside 5 minutes in the morning to just focus on breathing.
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GREENGENES 1/3/2013 3:47PM

    Meditation is not something I have tried but it sounds like a good idea. The podcast sounds like it would be very helpful. Thanks!

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KRISZTA11 1/3/2013 4:45AM

    Thanks for sharing your experience,
and I'm glad it is going so well!
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I did meditation (20 minutes every day, sitting and counting breaths) for several weeks when I started SP and the effects were similar.
I stopped doing it when I started running regularly, and the morning runs had the same positive effect on my mood and energy levels.

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BEATLETOT 1/2/2013 8:12PM

    Oliver, you are always such an inspiration, doing things I wish I'd done or should do or want to do! I love your experiment and your insights thereof. Cheers!

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FLPALM 1/2/2013 4:32PM

    Oliver,
My form of meditation is PRAYER! Now this may sound different but everyday....
my routine is:

Get up, take morning vitamins, have breakfast, clean up, then SIT DOWN and READ, yes READ, my prayers! It takes time, and even though, I know them, by reading them, it makes me FOCUS on the WORDS, "talking to GOD" my higher power. I have several booklets, prayers that I read.

When I do this, I feel ENERGY, FOCUSED, and a CALMING EFFECT, of Serenity, to CHANGE what I can do, ACCEPT what I can not, and the WISDOM to know the difference....and yes, even though I am NOT part of a well-known organization, the good feeling is what I use.

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HHB4181 1/2/2013 1:50PM

    I am not, but like you, I've been wanting to for a while....

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HEALTHYKIM101 1/2/2013 11:45AM

    Maybe I should look into this.....thought provoking..... emoticon

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SASSYDREAMER 1/2/2013 9:12AM

    Very cool goal. I like hearing about this!

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