Meditation made me crazy. Sitting and doing nothing was was painful for me. My mind works constantly solving problems, contemplating my latest start up idea, or just what Mom, Wife, Consultant, Business Owner things I have to get done today. However, the cascading number of research articles, books, documentaries etc. about the health benefits of meditation, slowly chipped away at my resistance and I decided to give it a try. When I mentioned my intentions to my husband, it prompted him to plant an app on my iphone called Insight Timer. I say planted because it was like a little seed that grew and grew and now it’s a real growing thing in my life.
My adventure started in March of 2016 and you can see my progress over the past 10 months. I started out meditating 10 minutes a day and kept to that 9 of the 10 months. 10 minutes a day (on the days when I actually made it happen) may not seem like a lot, but it was all I could manage. It worked pretty well because 10 minutes is easy enough to fit into your morning routine, but yesterday my husband said he’d heard a quote from Tim Ferris that when you’re meditating “it take about 15 minutes for the mud to settle and the water to clear.” That was the little push I needed to jump from 10 minutes a day to 30 minutes a day…yesterday.
I honesty had my doubts about my ability to hold on that long, but I changed my timer on Insight Timer from 10 minutes to 30 minutes and gave it a try. Here’s what happened….
I immediately felt different, more relaxed, the time went by really fast, in some ways faster than some of my 10 minute meditations.
Instead of my thoughts constantly interrupting my meditation, I noticed something amazing, 2-3 times my meditative state interrupted my thinking.
So if you’re thinking about meditation give this cool app a try!