What I Learned After 30 Days of Meditation
A month ago I wrote a blog post called 'How to Form New Habits' and I outlined the steps for how to successfully complete a goal you've set. In that post I shared my goal of meditating for 30 days in a row, for at least 10 minutes a day. At the time of the post I was on day 5. I am now on day 34.
Growing up I created this story about myself that I couldn't stick to anything for a long period of time. I am a dreamer, creator and visionary who is full of passion. I would move from one project to the next. I wanted to do anything and everything. I love that part of myself, but it kept me from finishing most things. I bounced from one thing to the next.
About three years ago I decided to re-write this story. I took on my first 30 day Instagram Yoga Challenge, and vowed to finish it. With every ounce of determination I completed the whole challenge and slowly began to re-write my story.
Fast forward to a month ago when I decided to create this meditation challenge for myself. I knew I wanted to meditate more but I could never bring myself to do it consistently (my old story seemed to be sneaking back in). I decided enough was enough, I set this challenge and made myself accountable. Four days ago I completed my one month of meditation, with many of the meditations becoming more than 10 minutes, and sometimes more than one a day.
My anxiety has never been better. My pain has never been better.
I find myself craving meditation. I catch myself saying "I need to meditate" when my stress levels start to rise. I have even started scheduling in time to meditate before anxiety producing events.
Here's the thing you have to know, your brain is a muscle, and meditation strengthens this muscle. You can't expect to become more flexible by practicing yoga sporadically a few times a month. You can't build leg muscle by lifting weights every now and then.
Consistency is the key.
Meditating everyday begins to strengthen your brain muscle overtime.
I use to get so frustrated and felt like meditation never did anything for me, but that's because I only did it when I felt like it. I only meditated when I was already extremely anxious.
The reality (as much as it can be hard to accept) is that we must build our brain overtime in order for it to be strong enough for when we need it the most. I have learned that meditation is best when used proactively and reactively, rather than reactively alone.
Most importantly, I have learned that we can re-write our stories. We create so many limiting beliefs for ourselves. We make these stories in our minds and begin to believe them. Soon they become all we know. The good news is, we made these stories and we can change them.
Be conscious, accept your current reality, and make a change... maybe even meditate.