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? 🤔

Lab Report: Meditation -The First 6 Months

“If you continue to this simple practice everyday you will attain a wonderful power. Before you attain it, it is something wonderful, but after you attain it, it is nothing special.” – Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki

The Lab Report – 008 – “Meditation: The First 6 Month”

For me these first 6 months was about establishing the habit of sitting daily. With that now in place it’s time to take it to the next level.

Instead of counting both inhalations and exhalations I’m now moving on to counting only my out-breath. The end goal is to not count at all, but that’s when I built up my ability to concentrate enough.

Mid term effects: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

– I still dose off from time to time.

– Resistance to the practice and boredom is no longer an issue.

– I had a mystical experience (a positive one) when I was a the peak of frustration and boredom with the practice (day 130). I can’t really share the details.

Long term effects: ❓❓❓

– Still unknown. I’m aiming for doing 365 consecutive days in this experiment. It’s still to early to tell.

Sustainability: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

– The habit has become automatic. I have missed 3 days so far which leaves me with a 98,3% success rate. Now I just need to find time to sit for longer sessions.

– Meditation time is in direct competition with my reading time.

FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I don’t feel the same frustration about the practice that I felt in the beginning. Maybe it’s because I’m back on coffee and therefore don’t dose off as easily? More likely it’s because of habit and the well-being I get from sitting. It’s hard to put finger on the exact benefits but they are there and they are noticeable. I feel more calm, yet alert; more detached, yet more engaged.

What are your daily rituals? 🤔

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