Experiment: MEDITATE EVERY DAY FOR A YEAR – Full Report

We keep reading about it; the most important endeavor one can undertake is self-knowledge— to “know thyself” as the inscription reads at the Temple of Apollo—and what better way to start that examination than the practice of meditation?

For one year I have been taking a moment out of each day to sit quietly with myself.


Short term effects: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

  • It’s quite frustrating to observe when one’s mind wander.
    -Initially there was a lot of resistance to sitting.
  • -Observing one’s thoughts and the “monkey mind” creates a gap between myself and my thoughts. Disidentification with thoughts and emotions is a key benefit of meditation for me.

Long term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • It’s now easier, in daily life, to catch myself being lost in thought and snap back to presence.
  • I have found meditation to be an excellent gauge of my stress levels. If I’m stressed, then meditation really highlights the internal turmoil of looping thoughts and emotions.
  • Realizing just sitting is enough to feel fully content is freeing.

Sustainability: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • It has been tricky to turn this into a daily habit. Especially since my baby, Hanna, arrived. 👶
  • When routine is broken (traveling, busy weekends etc.) I tend to forget to sit.
  • It’s easier for most of us to value ‘doing’ above ‘non-doing’. Going for a run is more readily accepted than prioritizing stilllness.

FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

It’s easy to get carried away with our careers and demands of life. Meditation has become a daily reset for me.

No longer taking my thoughts too seriously, or mistake them for being me, is a big takeaway from this experiment.

If you feel you don’t you have time to sit for 10 minutes each day, then you probably need to sit for an hour! 😉 🧘🏻‍♂️


Tell me about your experiences with mediation? 🤔

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