This one was tough for me. I started, then missed a day. Started again, then missed a day. Finally did it - meditated 5 days in a row! Thanks for giving me the push I needed, Vermontivate!
Above & Beyond Wildcard Challenge
Meditate 5 minutes/day for 5 days.
Meditation Makes Your Brain Bendy
For much of the last century, scientists believed that the brain essentially stopped changing after childhood. But it turns out that sustained meditation leads to something called neuroplasticity, which is defined as the brain's ability to change, structurally and functionally, on the basis of environmental input.
Meditation can improve your concentration, make you less reactive to things which happen to you, improve your health, and help you understand yourself better. These days, scientists say that daily meditation is the best thing you can do for your mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Think of it as flossing and brushing for your spirit! Of course, as a bird with a beak, I don't do either of those things. Nor, sadly, do I smooch! No lips!
- Sit up straight - either in a chair or crosslegged on a cushion - and set a timer for 5 minutes.
- Let your gaze be soft and fuzzy.
- Focus your attention on your breath.
- Your mind is going to wander and you're going to get distracted by your thoughts. That's perfectly normal!
- Every time your mind wanders, just bring your attention back to your breath.
- You don't have to go anywhere else mentally or clear your mind of thoughts. Just watch your breath, and bring your mind back when it wanders.
- Don't worry about getting it "right." Just sit and breathe.
- Do this every day for 5 days and let us know how it goes. Remember, there's no way to do it wrong other than to not do it!
This kind of meditation not your style?
If there is another meditation technique you prefer, such as walking meditation, gazing at a candle, closing your eyes, listening to music, or repeating a mantra, feel free to go ahead and do that.
A couple great books on meditation:
10% Happier by Dan Harris
Dan Harris talking about his book 10% Happier.
Pema Chödrön: Smile at Fear - Living From The Heart