Monday, July 12, 2010

25 Day Challenge - Day 25

Being Peace
"You are a being of peace" was part of today's mantra.  Somehow it doesn't matter how often I remind myself of that, it doesn't quite feel like I am.  Juggling all the elements in my life (which I have mentioned enough in previous posts and therefore am not going to repeat AGAIN), I really have to sit down, step back and take a moment to get to that peaceful place.  Well guess what?  Today's exercise was to meditate for 2 minutes.  I can do that.  I used the meditation that was linked to today's challenge.  It was difficult and nice at the same time.

Difficult because I was dealing with 2 children who refused to nap.  I had managed to tidy and clean my desk as I enjoy my work a lot more at a clean and empty desk.  The time that took me was as long as the kids were quiet.  That was it.  The rest of their nap time at least one of them was crying, fussing, calling for me, or whatever-it-is-that-I-am-blocking-out-of-my-memory, but time to meditate wasn't in the cards.  Or so they thought.  I ended up turning the baby monitor upside down, pushed my chair back, closed my eyes and decided that the kids would be okay for the 2 minutes of meditation I was going to give myself.

And they were.  And that's where the 'nice' came in.  For the first several seconds I found myself feeling guilty for not checking on the kids, but once I let go, these few minutes turned into the most relaxing part of my day.  The meditation allowed me to calm down a bit, relax and in a way 'regroup' with myself.  I did feel better afterwards, I have to admit.

"I should do this more often"; a phrase I definitely find myself thinking on numerous occasions.  Whether that is when I take a long shower, when I sit down to read a bit, when I go to bed early, work out, or like today, when I meditate.  And yet, I hardly ever do.  Simply because (I think) I am too busy, have no time, have other more important things to do, you name it.  But...we're talking 2-3 minutes here.  Really?  I don't have 2-3 minutes to do something for me?  Yeah, I too find that hard to believe.  I hear you thinking.

So, on that note, I am going to make meditation a part of my daily routine.  I can take 2-3 minutes a day to take a moment and step back.  If it makes me feel better, then it's totally worth it.  2-3 minutes.  I know I can do it.  Can You?

Today marks the end of my 25-Day Challenge.  To those who have followed me on it, I would like to say "Thank You".  Some of you have mentioned that you might want to try it yourself.  Feel free to use my blog as a starting point, or go to the Innerspace website directly.  Either way, I wish you all the best with it and hope that it will be as helpful, enlightening, inspiring and guiding as it was for me.  I would love to hear how things are going, if you decide to do it.  So feel free to drop me a line or post a comment whenever you have something to share.

From this point on, I will continue with my 'usual' blogging, although I am breeding on something very exciting for my blog.  It will (most likely) be entering the blogosphere this Friday, so stay tuned.


adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

sad your challenge is over but excited to see what's next! ;)

PB Rippey said...

Congratulations on making it through! Love this last post especially. Good for you!

Asashia said...

Congrats---you did it! I take 2 minutes a day myself and like you said, you come out feeling like a whole new person!

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