A whole thirty days ago I posted a blog about the 30 day challenge. For those of you who missed it you can find it here.
Well I've completed my challenge - I have meditated for 20 minutes every day. I experimented with a couple of accompaniments but finally settled with an App called Insight Timer. This allowed me to set an interval bell every 5 minutes and a final triumphant clanger at the 20 minute point.
What have I learned?
- 30 days goes by very quickly.
- I soon got into a routine and (almost) looked forward to each meditation.
- Focussing on the act of breathing can be calming and peaceful.
- Some days I was less distracted than others - some days it seemed like I had to bring my focus back to my breathing every two minutes.
- I've been more conscious about my unconscious behaviour patterns and on some occasions I've stopped and made a change.
- Meditation doesn't have to be a spiritual act.
- You can meditate in most places. In Madrid I meditated a couple of times on the roof terrace.
- It does provide some welcome stillness.
- You don't have to sit cross legged.
I'm going to continue with my daily meditation. Coincidentally, I've also been researching a type of therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and its application in the workplace. ACT contains a strong element of mindfulness so I'm keen to see where it takes me.
Did anyone else out there have a crack at a 30 days challenge? I'd love to hear from you. Alternatively, you could always start tomorrow - you'd be done by 30 August if you did.
PS For the sake of clarity I'd like to point out that the Hotel Praktik Metropol in Madrid is splendid and does have a lovely roof terrace. However, it does not have palm trees and a hammock - that is known as artistic licence.