30-Day Meditation Challenge Mental and physical improvement through daily meditation sessions
Why meditation? I’ve been a part-time meditation practitioner for the last few years. I don’t regularly go to a temple, or follow the middle-way all the time, or stay focused and grounded. I know meditation works because I’ve tried it. It just never seemed to become part of my daily routine.
Why 30-days?It takes me approximately 30 days to really get used toany major undertaking I’ve ever tried to do in the past.•It took about 30 days to quit smoking•It took 30 days or so for me to get used to regularexercise•It usually takes about 30 days for me to get used to anew jobI know myself. After 30-days, I know meditation will bedeeply ingrained into my psyche. It will be one of mydaily habits by then.
What do I hope to accomplish?• I want to make meditation a regular part of my dailyroutine•I want to explode forward on my pathway of personalgrowth•I want to be able to channel my mind and behaviorsinto activities that will enrich my life•But, mainly, I just want to see what will happen
I’m a Beginner……Kinda•I’m starting out as a novice that has established a “seat”and can meditate between 15 and 30 minutes at a time.•I have been to a temple to meditate, but not regularly•I have never had a teacher or guru•I’ve mainly just read books and used them as guidelines
Here’s the PlanMeditate for at least 20minutes each day for 30 days
Here’s the Plan1. WEEK 1: FOSTERING A CALM, FOCUSED MIND- I’ll use the books I’ve read to help get used to regular meditation. I will meditate at different times of the day to see what works best for me. I’ll also look for a local meditation group or teacher.2. WEEK 2: KUNDALINDI AWAKENING- I plan on using exercises I already know to evaluate, open up, and awaken my chakras. This will increase my energy and concentration3. WEEK 3: FOSTERING PEACE AND COMPASSION- With my mind opened and body energized, I’ll focus on cultivating compassion in my heart and spreading peace throughout my life4. WEEK 4: CREATIVE VISUALIZATION- From this place of energized peace and compassion, I will focus on visualizing the place I’d like to be at. I want to accentuate the good things I have in my life and figure out a pathway that I can use to achieve my own personal goals while helping the most people
Here’s the PlanI will use techniques outlined in several excellentmeditation books:Week 1: Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of InsightMeditation by Larry RosenbergWeek 2: Meditation as Medicine: Activate the Power of YourNatural Healing Force by Dharma Singh Kalsa, M.D. and CameronStauthWeek 3: Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, YourFamily, Your Community, and the World by Thich Nhat HanhWeek 4: Creative Visualization by Shakti GawainI have already read all four of these books and highly endorse them.They have all contributed greatly to the way I view myself and theworld.
Here’s the PlanI will also:• Write about my experiences each week on the Jobs in Ayurveda website• Create weekly video diary entries each week and a final one at the end of the project• Use different books from different schools of meditation to guide my weekly focus• Actively search for a meditation group, school, teacher, or guru in Tucson (my hometown)
This project is dedicatedto help anyone out there that wants to startmeditating but hasn’t yet.
Let me be your guinea pigSee what happens to me after 30 days ofmeditation:Jobs in Ayurveda- Making your alternative healthjob search easywww.jobsinayurveda.comJobs in Ayurveda on Facebookjobsinayurveda@yahoo.com