Day 87: Meditation in 10 Minutes

After finishing wrapping gifts, coordinating my schedule, planning for a meeting, researching restaurants for our first married Christmas, and cleaning the whole apartment, I needed a moment of zen. While I’ve never tried meditation before nor have I read anything about it, I decided to see if I could just do it. I set my phone timer for 10 minutes (that I figured would seem like an eternity), sat in an alert yet comfortable position and closed my eyes.

At first, my mind was all over the place, so to quiet it, I came up with my own mantra. I don’t really know where it came from, except maybe all the Christmas music I’ve been listened to. “Joy to you, Joy to me, Joy to the World.” I repeated it in my head over and over slowly until I was simply relaxed. I was aware of house sounds around me and wanted desperately to check on the timer, but I kept my eyes closed for the full 10 minutes. And now I feel quite relaxed. I’ve heard people use meditation to control arthritis pain as well. I may have to try it again/longer. And maybe read about some methods or mantras. Or just stick with Joy.

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3 thoughts on “Day 87: Meditation in 10 Minutes

  1. Mike Janes says:

    I’ve been doing stuff like that for a decade; sounds like a very successful first attempt! Try this site for some pointers/things to expect. http://www.centeringprayer.com

  2. Mike Janes says:

    Blah. That website wasn’t as good as I hoped. I have an outstanding brochure in my office, will try to scan & email it before your blog name changes to decadeoffun.

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