We talk a lot on mindbodygreen about the benefits of meditation: clearer thoughts, improved sleep, and increased focus. I meditate sporadically, but it’s far from a consistent practice. It’s something I aspire to, but, you know — life. Since I’m doing the month of mindfulness with the #Mindful30 Challenge, however, there is no excuse good enough.
We’re lucky to have a meditation room at mindbodygreen (how cool is that?!), so after a two-month meditation hiatus I decided to make a visit.
Before I began, my mind was racing. I felt guilty taking 30 minutes to sit and do nothing while at work and anxious about what emails I’d miss. If I had to stay at the office later than I planned as a result of meditation time, I wouldn’t make yoga class or have time to clean my apartment and do laundry. (The horror!)
Thankfully, my co-workers reminded me of my task, and begrudgingly, I ventured into the meditation room.
I took off my shoes (don’t tell!), channeled my inner Light Watkins, and began to breathe. Per Light’s suggestion at our last company meditation session, I treated my thoughts as though they were friends at a party, greeting each one with gratitude and then moving on to the next without judgment. Some thoughts were more welcome than others, but few lingered for too long.
Before I knew it, my 30-minute timer went off. Feeling at peace, I took a few extra minutes to get up and leave the room. Had I meditated? I thought so, but I reached out to Light Watkins for his take.