Day 10: Meditation
"Whatever you do mindfully is meditation." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Welcome to Day 10!
Whether you are a seasoned veteran at this practice or new to it, I'd love to explore the benefits of meditation today. I have personally seen how it has changed my emotional and physical states through my own sober journey - and am thrilled that there are so many studies and research to back up the good-for-you feelings that so many have discovered on their own.
A Healthline article cited that a recent science-based study showed that meditation could even help with addictions:
"Meditation develops mental discipline and willpower and can help you avoid triggers for unwanted impulses. This can help you recover from addiction, lose weight and redirect other unwanted habits."
MY OWN JOURNEY
My personality tends to thrive on stress and having a lot to do. And I used to find it more than difficult to even attempt to calm down my mind. Even taking a yoga class was a stretch for me because I thought I wasn't moving enough, doing enough, exerting enough energy!
Meditating has helped my sober journey simply because I'm more mindful of the reasons behind my decisions and motivations to do things. I'm no longer on auto pilot and therefore no longer relying on old habits to get me through. I have the luxury of taking a step back to make a decision and evaluate whether or not it's a good one for the goals I've set for myself.
Looking for a meditation that is right for you? You may want to try:
Gabrielle Bernstein - This is such a timely note because she recently announced she celebrated 13 years of sobriety!! You can visit her post here to see her must-have tools in her sober toolbox. Many of her mediation albums are available on Amazon Music - and a few are free with an Amazon Prime Membership. My favorite Album is 2010 Gabrielle Bernstein Meditations and the Vision Track (number 8) is SURE to get you pumped for the day!
Headspace App - Headspace has a plethora of options to explore for everyone from the novice to the seasoned pro! I've used the running meditation, the morning meditation and have also completed a series of basic programs for the beginner.
Calm - Calm is also a great resource. I've used the meditations and mindfulness practices there to help get to sleep and end the day on a relaxing note.
Also, as the quote reads above, whatever you do MINDFULLY is meditation. If you just can’t get the thought out of your mind that only serene and enlightened people meditate, then try the following, which can also be viewed as forms of meditation (since you are focused on the present moment, not stuck in the past or fretting about the future).
Close your eyes and listen - really listen to a favorite song.
Hand letter some favorite mottos.
Prune your rose bushes or plant a garden.
Go for a run and only pay attention to the steps your feet take “left right left right left right” or count your steps through 100 and repeat.
Lift weights, take a spin class or do anything you like to do (revisit your Creativity Recipe Worksheet!) that allows you to FOCUS completely on the task at hand and give your mind a BREAK
FOLLOW THE NEXT STEPS TO COMPLETE DAY 10
Identify your favorite form - or explore many options - of meditation to incorporate into a daily practice.
Say your Daily Mantra "I have found peace with the present moment."
Head over to the Private Facebook Group and join us to share that you completed Day 10 (or post any successes or struggles you encountered)
Send any questions you may have to me at email@example.com. I want us all to have a successful 30-Day Reset so let me know how I can help.