Are you feeling pulled in a million different directions?
Our Month of Meditation starts today!
If you’re anything like me, you don’t stop spinning from the moment you wake up until the moment you drop into bed at night. Life just seems to be getting busier and more things seem to be getting thrown your way. There are more emails to read, more websites to check out, more things to do, more checks to check off. And somewhere in all of this, your soul is asking you to stop for a little while. Breathe. Slow down. Get centered. Does this sound about right?
What would happen if you committed to taking just a few minutes a day for the next month to slow it all down?
How do you think your life would be different if you gave yourself this time to reconnect with your spirit?
Would you be willing to try?
Many of us have tried to meditate before but either didn’t know if we were doing it right or started for awhile and then moved onto something else. We may have thought that it was too frivolous – that we were too busy to take time out and be still. Or we may have been afraid to be alone with our thoughts – who knew what would come up if we took away the buffers.
I have definitely been there. In fact, I’m still there.
But I hear a whisper coming from deep within me that keeps saying that I really need to meditate. It says that I have to slow it down – that I need to. If I’m going to continue doing this work, I have to stay connected to my spirit. And meditation is such a wonderful way to do this.
So here I am. Committing to all of you that I will spend a bit of time every day in May meditating. And I am asking you to join me.
Something very powerful begins to happen when we show up for each other. When I know that you are holding me accountable to doing something, I’m much more likely to do it than if it’s just for myself. And if you know that I’m here supporting you, you’ll be much more apt to show up for yourself as well. That’s just how it works!
So what do you think? Can you commit to giving yourself a few minutes of quiet time every day? I know you’re all busy, but even if it’s just one minute – that’s a great start!
How’s It Going to Work?
Every single day for one month we will spend time meditating.
And then we will come back here to say that we did it.
We’re going to set ourselves up for success and make it super easy.
We’re not committing to say how long we’re going to meditate for, or when in the day we’re going to do it, or how we’re going to do it.
Of course, if you want to write about your experience, that would be wonderful! If you want to write about what’s coming up for you, please do so! If you want to write about how you meditated – what form, for how long, etc. – we would love to hear it! If you want to write about some of the thoughts that went through your mind while meditating, that would be fun to read.
But – these aren’t required.
The only thing that is required is that you spend a moment (or two or three) each day in stillness (however you define it).
Will you join me in giving ourselves the gift of stillness?
If so, please comment here to let everyone know that you’re in. And then come back each day and comment that you did it (there will be a new post for each day). That’s it!
Here is the Day 1 check in page: http://www.jodichapman.com/may-1/
I can’t wait to see how our lives change throughout this month.
I’m so honored to share this journey with each of you and to be a part of such a beautiful gift – the gift of time, space, and stillness. The gift of coming back to ourselves.
I’m so excited that so many have already joined – thank you! If you haven’t joined yet, please click here to commit to giving yourself a bit of time each day this month!
(Be sure to read the questions/FAQ below – if you have any other questions, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Also, I created a fun meditation poll to see where we’re all starting from! Click here to take it!
How should I meditate?
That’s completely up to you!
I’ll be easing in with guided meditations. I’m going to use the Re-Awakening Guided Meditation Program, which I already love! It contains 10 different meditations – ranging from general relaxation meditations to ones that help you with anxiety and health. If you would like to do this with me, click here to order it. (It’s just $27 for 10 meditations and 3 workbooks + you get a ton of bonuses, too.)
Another option that is great for beginning meditation, is to follow along with the book, Everyday Meditation: 100 Daily Meditations for Health, Stress Relief, and Everyday Joy by Tobin Blake. It contains 100 daily meditations, which are woven into a discussion about what exactly meditation is, why we might be resistant to it, and how we can overcome this obstacle. Through these meditations, we learn to live more consciously and open to our truest essence. We reconnect with our soul, which opens the path to lasting happiness and inner peace. Please click here to read more about it.
You can also do walking meditation. You could meditate when you are washing the dishes. You could close your eyes and focus on your breath while you are in line at the grocery store. How you do it really isn’t as important as simply doing it. Showing up for yourself. Allowing yourself to be in the present moment. That is the gift.
This meditation timer is really helpful, too. I definitely recommend it – the gongs are so peaceful. Much better than a regular alarm sound.
There are so many wonderful resources for meditation – you could spend many hours trying to find the “right” one to do. Please don’t let yourself get sidetracked though – remember that this time is about slowing down and getting out of our minds and allowing life to flow through us. Just go with what feels best for you.
What if I already meditate regularly? Can I still participate?
Of course! I would encourage you extra to participate.
You could serve as our inspiration! You could chime in and share all of the wonderful ways that regular meditation has changed your life. You could let us know what worked for you when you were just starting out. You could cheer us on when we start to question whether this is really for us. You are definitely needed, and I do hope that you’ll participate!
What happens when the month is over?
When the month is over, I would love to have a conversation about what we learned about ourselves throughout this process. And then you can decide if you would like to continue with meditation. You can also use this month to try out different methods and see which one feels the best for you.
Can I help you spread the word?
I would LOVE that! Please put the Meditation artwork on your websites and link to this page: http://www.jodichapman.com/meditate. Please share that you’re participating in A Month of Meditation on Soul Speak and would love for your friends to join you!
Here are some possible Facebook posts:
Feeling stressed? Ready to slow down? Show up for yourself and join us for A Month of Meditation: http://www.jodichapman.com/meditate/ (Please link to the Soul Speak fan page: http://www.facebook.com/jodilchapman)
I’ve committed to meditating every single day this month! Want to join me? http://www.jodichapman.com/meditate/ (Please link to the Soul Speak fan page: http://www.facebook.com/jodilchapman)
I joined a Month of Meditation on Soul Speak, and I’m already feeling calmer! Come join us! http://www.jodichapman.com/meditate/ (Please link to the Soul Speak fan page: http://www.facebook.com/jodilchapman)
Here are some possible Tweets:
Feeling stressed? Ready to slow down? Show up for yourself and join us for A Month of Meditation: http://www.jodichapman.com/meditate/ @jodi_chapman
I’ve committed to meditating every single day this month! Want to join me? http://www.jodichapman.com/meditate/ @jodi_chapman
I joined a Month of Meditation on Soul Speak, and I’m already feeling calmer! Come join us! http://www.jodichapman.com/meditate/ @jodi_chapman
Any other questions?
Please email them to me at: email@example.com.