One hundredth. Consecutive. Day.
I know, right?
Prior to this, my meditation practice never lasted more than a few moments, if it occurred to me to do it at all, and then sometimes it consisted only of the thought,”Gee, I really should meditate,” or even better (or worse), “Meditate”.
But this time I really did it. Every day.
What I learned:
- There really are benefits to a daily meditation practice.
- I notice myself taking long, deep, full breaths now throughout the day, autonomically, not purposefully.
- I can be calmer during (some) storms-during an awful situation recently, I had the very clear thought: “Even though this is happening all around me right now, I am okay.” Of course, at first I was annoyed that I couldn’t remember what the circumstances were but now I see that this forgetting is the gift. Remembering that I knew that I was still OKAY, THAT is the lesson. The upsetting events don’t matter in the end.
- Like I learned with NaNoWriMo, I am a gal that needs structure. The structure of giveit100.com.
- My blood pressure prior to the 100 days was hovering around 180/110. Midway through it had dropped to 118/76. Hello? Can you say NORMAL? For the first time in years?
My yoga teacher and friend, Kristen, told me that meditation would be good for me and that I should make it a regular part of my yoga practice. Seven years ago.
Who says I’m slow to change?
Oh yeah, my husband. So, shhh.