Taming the Monkey Mind: Days 6 & 7
It is easier for me to meditate after I’ve exercised. Shocking, I know. Exhaust the body and the mind calms too. I have always done better with more active forms of meditation: yoga, walking meditations, etc., but a) they’re not always practical and b) I want to learn to be still, body and mind.
I am enjoying trying different guided meditations and getting a feeling for what works well for me. I am mainly downloading free podcasts (gotta love those podcasts!).
I tried a different guided mediation that allowed my mind to journey while the body remained still. The meditation consisted of imagery that guided the listener through a meadow, down some steps, through a woodland, and to a pool. Just this suggestion of movement made me more comfortable, more relaxed. I think I might use this mediation and others like it when I am antsy and feeling the need for movement.
I was only able to do a short meditation this morning before work. I found myself scatterbrained and irritated with the kids today. I wonder if there is a connection? I fully intended to take a few moments at work to breath and relax, but it never happened. I’m not sure why I seem to separate that part of myself from my job, but I do. I would like to make meditation a part of me, a part that doesn’t disappear when I put on high heels.
This evening, I did a meditation that used a special breathing technique: short, somewhat sharp inhale followed by a quick, thorough exhale. I really liked this method for quickly removing tension and stress from the body after work (again, tough day today).
This is about the point where I have started to slack off in the past. Hold me to my promise, guys. If I haven’t posted about the meditation challenge in a few days, it means the monkeys are running the asylum:)
- Taming the Monkey Mind: Days 3 & 4 (lessonsfromtheendofamarriage.com)
- Taming the Monkey Mind: a 28 Day Meditation Challenge (lessonsfromtheendofamarriage.com)
- Taming the Monkey Mind: Days 1 & 2 (lessonsfromtheendofamarriage.com)
- Taming the Monkey Mind: Day 5 (lessonsfromtheendofamarriage.com)
- Mindfulness and Meditation Resources (alexlod.com)