May 1

Thank you for joining us for A Month of Meditation!

Welcome to Day 1!

(If you haven’t read what it’s all about, please click here first.)

 

I’m so proud of all of us for showing up for ourselves. For knowing that our soul craves this moment of stillness in our day, and for taking action to make that happen. So let’s all pat ourselves on the back for that!

Each day, we’ll click on that Day’s page, and we’ll leave a comment stating that we meditated on that day. That’s all!

If you would like to write more, that’s definitely welcome. It would be really great if we could share about our experiences, too: how we meditated, how long we meditated for, and what the experience was like for us.

Many of us will be using the Re-Awakening Guided Meditation Program, so we can share our experience with that as well.

I’m so excited to get started!

Being a part of a supportive community is half of the fun, so please be sure to check in daily.

Now…let’s go meditate!

P.S. – Please remember to post the artwork on your blogs and share it on FB and Twitter! You can find sample tweets here.


Comments

May 1 — 36 Comments

  1. Just finished a 20 minute meditation. Used a three word mantra today – “acceptance” on the in-breathe, “compassion” on the out-breathe, and “rest” in the pause. I always realize how much I miss my sitting when I don’t do it daily!

  2. I just meditated for 10 minutes!
    I listened to the first guided meditation in the Re-Awakening program.
    I have to admit that I had a hard time settling down – cats meowing, lawn mowers running, etc. – but I stayed in it and focused on my breath and listening to the meditation.
    I definitely feel more relaxed now. And also proud that I did it!

    It’s so great to see that already today many of us have meditated and checked in! I’m loving it!

    Good job to all of us! :)
    Jodi – Soul Speak recently posted..Ready to Slow Down? A Month of Meditation Starts Today!My Profile

  3. Just finished my first session! The “Before” picture for the month is a very scattered mind–hopefully the “After” picture (on May 31) will be a lot more focused, calmer, etc.–but, hey, ya gotta start somewhere, right?
    I’m SO glad to be back to meditating with a great community to support one another. I’ve been meditating sporadically for 20+ years, but I REALLY want to make it a daily habit, as natural/second-nature as brushing my teeth. I know that committing to a month and being accountable to others is going to help so much with that goal. Thank you ALL so much for showing up and going through this process–for yourself, for me, and for all of us!
    Dan Teck recently posted..The Blind Men and the ElephantMy Profile

  4. Hi Everyone! I took a yoga class today at work, after work. For a few months now, a few people at work have organized a yoga class for anyone interested in participating one day a week. After a couple of months, they added a second day since so many people were taking it. I took it once at the very beginning but found myself working through it on most days. Last week I finally took another class to try and subside some severe anxiety I’ve had lately. Today I took it again and will most likely continue every week, at least one class. Will see what’s in store for tomorrow. Hope everyone had a great first day of Meditation Month!

  5. May 1, 2012
    Today I started a 30-day meditation challenge. I have not slept in more than 24 hours and I am quite tired. I helped a friend with her schoolwork, spoke to another I have not talked to for a while and completed quite a few house chores. Although I have schoolwork due tomorrow myself, I appreciate the way I used my time today even though I sacrificed sleep. The change I would like to focus on with my mediations is an increase in my daily exercise routine, which is naught lately. I also would like to journal reflectively. I can feel the sleep moving into my body and slowing things down as the last of my “running on fumes,” energy drains away. While talking to my friend, I realized something about my life’s purpose and myself. Although I returned to college six years ago to complete my BA in psychology and continuing on to graduate school, I may have been a therapist just about all my life. As I reflected with her on my childhood, where my brother called me “A wise old woman at aged 10,” I have been receiving “clients” for more than 40 years! At family dinners, events, visits from out of town, I tended to sequester myself away from the fray of people to think, work on art, or just find peace (Yes, even as a little girl). Invariably some aunt, uncle, cousin etc. would find me, ask why I was alone, and what I was thinking? Before too long they began to share their concerns about their relationships, wonder what to do with their future, or cry about something in their lives. I would tell them what I thought or “saw” in their actions or the possibilities and they would always look at me strangely and ask me how I knew about such things or understood so much about relationships. Personally, I believe it could only be God, and the skill that was bestowed upon me. I have been this “pseudo” counselor/therapist since those days with friends, teachers, strangers, when I used to drive city bus. I have counseled runaways, children involved in clandestine, potentially unsafe affairs, people with suicide ideation, parental fears, among many other issues. It is not surprising that I volunteered at the crisis clinic working the phone lines for people with chronic mental health issues or acute incidents leading to crisis for others. Maybe this is why I am not as elated as everyone else is around me that my master’s in psychology will be completed in three weeks and in three more years, I will have completed my doctorate in Clinical psychology. When I graduated summa cum laude with my BA in psychology, I did not feel emotional or elated. There was no surprise at each level of completion because this has always been what my life’s purpose was in the first place. I am not saying I feel nothing, but my feelings are more akin to merely realizing what I believe I have always known, that I am a psychologist and probably have always been one. Even my interests throughout the years were all psychological, not to study the theories as much as the application of ways to help people feel empowered, to own their joy, and understanding of how truly great they are. When I was a camp counselor for summer camp, I developed a program and convinced the director to allow it. The campers met with me for about an hour each week and we created “Me” books (Little journals), in which they decorated and wrote their thoughts, feelings, dreams, or whatever. Somehow, I even convinced them to share some of their thoughts and we talked about their concerns in life. (Oh my goodness, my first group therapy sessions! —that was 27 years ago!) The connections they made about society, adults etc., were frighteningly astute: “I just think adults are using up all the resources and creating so much garbage for landfills and stuff that when we grow up we are going to be left cleaning up their mess. It’s not fair that adults don’t care about how they live when it will be affecting our lives the most” one 11-year old boy shared. It has never left me and I knew then that adults were seriously mistaken about what goes on in the minds of these little ones. So, chillingly real reflections of the path I had always been on and how great that makes me feel about my life. These 30 days are going to be phenomenal for me!

  6. Day 1: Today I made a point to get out and walk in the sunshine. I breathed deep breaths, I felt the sun and wind on my face, I noticed the colors…deep greens, purples, pinks, whites, yellows, dark sky mixed with white clouds, mixed with a little bit of blue here and there….so much color, so much beauty. I kept returning to my breath, noticing my feet hitting the ground. I said thank you. It felt so good to take this 20 minutes to just be, to notice and breathe.

    It’s so good to be here with all of you. Thank you, Jodi.
    julia recently posted..Precious LifeMy Profile

  7. I managed an imperfect 15 minutes! I am going to blog about my progress, or lack thereof, everyday throughout May. It would be great to have a “linky list” of everyone participating in this meditation month so we can go and support each other.
    Claire Hennessy recently posted..Meditation – Day 1My Profile

  8. My meditation for day 1 was a 20 minute guided meditation , Spirit of Angels, where you go to meet your spirit guides. Have you ever heard the term “twin soul?” Because that’s what my guide said she was. She looked like a younger, thinner, healthier version of me.
    Lady Gwen recently posted..IWSG: Change Your StoryMy Profile

  9. I always wake up in bed and focus on breathing, and watching thoughts and emotions (mindful meditation). So today I did that like most every day. Then I had Tai Chi advanced class (moving meditation, mindfulness). In a bit I am going to try something that sounds strange, but I read on the “Mind Adventure” blog today…Grand Cosmic Wizard meditation, where you connect with your inner self and see what’s up, where it guides you (active meditation).
    David Hamilton recently posted..Gratitude List-Making: Danielle LaPorte Keeps The Fire In Our Hearts BurningMy Profile

  10. My first day of meditation started rather late in the evening. It was nearing midnight, and I had just finished studying for the night. My back deck and yoga mat were calling my name, so I listened. I spent about fifteen minutes focusing on breathing while I listened to the wind blow strands of hair across my face. My sweet chocolate lab also decided that he needed a bit of time for meditation because he curled himself up next to me on my mat.

    It was my first real taste of what meditation is, and I think i’ll be coming back for seconds.. and thirds..

  11. I started this a lot later than the others, but Something deep within led me to know THIS was the time to start the Month-of-Meditation challenge, even if it’s not the start of a month.

    Something in me knew now was time for me to start the challenge. Friday, I wondered how I should start it, but I seemed to know that night I would start it Sunday (today). In fact, this morning’s response to another blog and earlier posts are a strong indication there’s a lot of negativity just below the surface.

    After re-reading Jodi’s initial challenge blogpost, I sat quietly on the floor and tried to meditate. There were several things to blot out, as I strived to quiet my mind: cars driving by outside, the sounds from my computer as I waited for a friend’s radio broadcast to start, the small child in the overhead apartment stomping around, and my own noisy thoughts.

    But in the one – maybe one-and-a-half minutes – I gave it today, I was able to focus on my breathing, calm my mind and open my heart. I found my mind reached out in a double-set of prayers to the Trinity with words on its own. “Help guide me, Father. Please, God, guide me. // Help guide me, Lord. Please, Brother, guide me. // Help guide me, Spirit. Please, Eternal Guide, help me.”

    I felt calm. I felt energized. In fact, it seemed like there was a great deal of energy coursing all through my body, pouring into my head and heart and streaming out of my palms and bottom of my feet. I felt happy, and quite motivated to get up and do something. Yet not “antsy.”

    At that moment, my friend’s radio broadcast had started, and time for meditation was done. But the inner peace and joy is still with me.

    Next time I will silence the computer before starting. :D
    Tara recently posted..Meditation – Day 1My Profile

  12. I’m starting a bit behind the rest (yesterday actually, but the post didn’t take), despite it not being the start of May, or any month. :P

    After re-reading Jodi’s blogpost, I sat quietly on the floor and tried to meditate. There were several things to blot out, as I strived to quiet my mind: cars driving by outside, the sounds from my computer as I waited for a friend’s radio broadcast to start, the small child in the overhead apartment stomping around, and my own noisy thoughts.

    But in the one – maybe one-and-a-half minutes – I gave it today, I was able to focus on my breathing, calm my mind and open my heart. I found my mind reached out in a double-set of prayers to the Trinity with words on its own. “Help guide me, Father. Please, God, guide me. // Help guide me, Lord. Please, Brother, guide me. // Help guide me, Spirit. Please, Eternal Guide, help me.”

    I felt calm. I felt energized. In fact, it seemed like there was a great deal of energy coursing all through my body, pouring into my head and heart and streaming out of my palms and bottom of my feet. I felt happy, and quite motivated to get up and do something. Yet not “antsy.”

    At that moment, my friend’s radio broadcast had started, and time for meditation was done. But the inner peace and joy is still with me.

    Next time, I silence the computer first. :D

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