Today was the start of the tujawellness 30 Day Meditation Challenge that I hesitantly signed up for. I had tried meditation a few times in the past with a group of people from my yoga studio, and I hate to admit it, but I did not like it at all! All I could think about the entire time was that I wanted to lean on something, or scratch that itch on my back, or wiggle my shoulders around, or why I couldn’t stop talking to myself in my head… I may have even peeked once or twice to see what everyone else was doing… (woops).
Needless to say, my first experiences with meditation were not very successful. However I kept hearing such great things about it, so when I read about this challenge, I decided to suck it up and join. When you join this challenge, tujawellness sends a guided meditation recording to you each day for 30 days. So today was day 1, and I completed it! Having someone guide me through the meditation has already made the experience much more enjoyable than when I tried to meditate in complete silence. I still found it extremely hard to turn off the voice in my head; there was a lot of, “stop thinking now. Why can’t I stop thinking? Shut it, brain!” I also still felt kind of squirmy, and I opened my eyes once (gasp!) to see if my boyfriend was spying on me. One thing I really liked though was when the speaker instructed me to do alternate nostril breathing. You bring up your right hand and put down all of your fingers except for your thumb and pinky, like you are making a hang 10 dude gesture. Then you cover your right nostril with your thumb and breath in and out slowly through your left nostril. Then you switch and cover your left nostril with your pinky and breath through your right, and continue switching. This was definitely the time when my mind was the quietest.
I’m excited to continue with the challenge, and I will let you know how I feel about meditation once my 30 days has been completed! If you are interested in trying the challenge too, you can still sign up here!
Wish me luck 🙂