10 minutes a day for 10 days! That’s it!
I am a list maker and goal-getter. I have grown into a new part of myself since having my daughter in 2017, where I am always on the go, and I like it and thrive in it.
However, one thing that has been on my goals list since my daughter was born in 2017 was to get back into my practice of daily meditation.
Which seems so daunting to me for some reason. In my mind – that meant I had to sit and meditate (perfectly) for 20-60 minutes a day to feel fulfilled. Like I was doing it “right”. Which after completing this challenge I can only laugh at it because that is far from true.
For all of you moms out there, you know how hard it is to find 20 minutes a day for yourself. And for all of you entrepreneurs – extra time, who has that?
But! We make time for things that are important. And I finally took to the plunge and devoted myself to something that was bite-size.
Not so daunting.
And I want to share my experience with you.
There are so many benefits to meditation. Clearing the brain fog, sitting still, and being mindful of our body, of our breath, or our thoughts. A lot of magic can happen here. Releasing old wounds, letting go of trapped emotions, finding peace or clarity (even if it’s just for a moment). And most importantly, finding compassion and love for ourselves and others.
I started this 10-day challenge two days after getting a little itty-bitty puppy. I sadly had to travel downstate for a funeral for two days in the middle of this challenge. And all other things life calls us to that keep us busy and away from our inner knowing.
I could have made a million excuses not to follow through with this, but I did. Because it’s JUST 10 minutes.
And it wasn’t perfect.
On day number three I completely forgot about it until I was in bed, with my toddler (we were having a sleepover in my bed), in the dark almost asleep. But I put my 10-minute timer on and I meditated in bed.
There were a couple of days where my anxiety was so bad, I checked the time every 3 minutes until the 10 minutes were up.
There were other days where I was so joyful and literally felt like I was full of light – I felt like I was moving mountains emotionally.
The first four days I was very short-tempered and even angry. I believe this was because I was finally sitting still – and things were surfacing that have been waiting to be released for a long time.
But now – at the end of just 10 minutes a day of meditation – as silly as it sounds – I feel like I have regained trust in myself. In my truth.
I think we think change happens only if we do these big things for large periods of time.
But that simply is not true.
It’s the little things.
It’s the smallest tasks we do repetitively.
That is what makes the difference.