My Year Off Part Three – Taking Up Meditation
So not really giving something up is it?
However in a year of giving something up every month, if I’m honest I don’t have 12 bad habits.
I had to come up with something else that would be a positive change. Maybe I should call it my year of a positive change every month. Nah, doesn’t have the same ring to it…
I did put this one out to you guys, as a choice between meditating and giving up those tasty morsels of goodness that we call chips, that I serve in the salon along side the wine.
You made it easy for me, because those chips would have been waaaaay harder to stop.
I did question if there was a hidden message from you all telling me I needed to relax a bit. Hey if that was it, you were right!
So how did I go?
Loved it, every day I loved it.
There were 2 nights I got home late and realised I hadn’t done it yet. I tried to do it in bed before I went to sleep, but you guessed it, I feel asleep.
When this happened, I made it up by doing 20mins the next day. Actually by the end I was doing 20minutes by choice, as I find it takes me 10mins to slow down enough to really get the good bit out of it.
My physio has taught me how to breath into my stomach, so I did all my meditation with this technique.
I would start by concentrating on each part of my body until I felt heat in it and then move on till the whole body was done.
After this with the remaining time, I just concentrated on my breathing.
I have shared this with a few of my guests throughout the month and a lot of you have said they just can’t mediate. The common issue is not being able to stop thinking and then getting a bit frustrated with it.
For me, I was not this hard in myself. Some days were easier than others, to actually slow down my brain. I figure just the fact of stopping and breathing slowly for this long, is a vast improvement in what I usually be doing!
Am I going to continue with this?
It literally makes everything better and I really do feel less stressed.
Oh and by the way, I thought I’d surprise you and give up the chips as well.
I didn’t succeed…
I seriously think that will be the hardest month of the year when it comes.
What to give up next month?
Well I’m on holidays so the first thought I had was giving up moderation. Can you imagine what a mess I’d be at the end of that!
I’m giving up complaining. Both internally and externally. I’m not expecting a 100% result here. What I do expect is a new awareness of how much I actually whinge and complain.
At least my husband will have a better holiday!
Wish me good luck.
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