Sunday, March 22, 2015

Next Challenge: Quieting My Mind!



To continue my mini challenges in 2015, this weekend I decided to try my hand at Oprah's 21 Day Meditation Experience.  I've tried meditating a few times before and I know many people who rave about the power of meditation.  As I watched the introduction video yesterday I was pondering when I'd have time to do this each day.  Just then the woman they were interview said, "If you don't think you have time to meditate, you need to meditate even more."  So...I decided to jump right in.  My slice is from my experience meditating this morning and my consistent attempts to quiet my brain.

"Today's Sanskrit Mantra is Har Haray Haree.  Creative forces flow through me.  Silently repeat the manta to yourself and breath deeply."


Har Haray Haree

Har Haray Haree

Har Haray Haree

Am I doing this right?  Oops, I probably was doing it right, but now I'm thinking about other things.

Har Haray Haree

I wonder if the neighbors can see me through the front window.  They're probably wondering what I'm doing.

Har Haray Haree

Oh!  I need lemons and limes too.  I should add that to the grocery list.

Har Haray Haree

Har Haray Haree

Do I feel more centered?  What does feeling centered even mean or feel like?  

Har Haray Haree

Hmm...I should blog about this.  It'd make a good slice.  Look at me, living like a writer!  Unfortunately, I'm supposed to be living like a centered meditator right now.  Darn it. 

Har Haray Haree

I can't wait for the Badger game tonight.  What do I need to make sure I get done ahead of time?  Laundry, finishing touches on tomorrow's PD, grocery- oops- you're wandering again.

Har Haray Haree


Har Haray Haree




I'm trusting the process and hoping that in 20 days I am able to report back that I've experienced feeling centered and learned to quiet my mind!


8 comments:

  1. I love your honesty. The sad part is I could see myself trying to relax my brain and having the same experience of thinking about everything else as you did. Keep me posted if this works for you. It is something I keep saying I'm going to try.

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  2. I love the threaded mantra. This is how our brains work these days, and you've captured it perfectly. Glad you were able to put words to it, and I imagine that after 20 more days of it you will have made space for the centered feeling you seek.

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  3. So funny because it is true. Your honesty is delightful. And you've inspired me to go read the journal I kept for weeks (required) during a Kriya yoga class I took. We agreed to meditate daily -- and I've continued the practice most days.
    Be grateful you notice your thought field, and enjoy the practice. Curiosity and playfulness count here.

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  4. A minute or three of a quiet mind will be a victory. I think just the redirecting is part of the deal. You're already doing it! Har haray haree.

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  5. You are benefiting just by trying. I do mindfulness, though not as regularly as I wish I did. It's always hard at first to get back to the quiet.

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  6. This is so funny. I've tried meditation. Last year I was committed and did it for about 4 weeks. I wrote some cool stuff too, in an app called Insight Timer. It times your meditation with a gentle sound and then you can open the journal and write. I'm not really sure why I stopped. I probably need to try again.

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  7. I love this post because I would imagine this is what would happen to me if I tried to meditate. I really enjoyed your specific details and the in depth look at your thinking along the way.

    I also liked the link of slicing making you feel like a writer in your other post as a positive and here it being negative since it was not your focus right then.

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  8. ...and I just realized it was someone else's slice talking about feeling like she was living the life of a writer because of slicing. Nonetheless, it was still a nice pairing for me since I read them close together.

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