I want to tell you about my first meditation experience.
A few years ago, my husband had taken a night shift job and I had nothing to do when I came home from work. (NOTE: CLEARLY THIS WAS BEFORE WE HAD KIDS) So I decided to join a yoga fitness studio in our area. On the schedule after one of my yoga classes was a 30 minute class that read: "Guided Meditation: FREE". I like free. I would jump off a bridge if you told me it was free. Plus it was right after my class, my mat was already rolled out, and no one was at home waiting for me. (NOTE: THAT IS SO WEIRD TO SAY NOW THAT I HAVE KIDS.)
That first session, years ago, made me fall in love with meditation and added to the relaxation of my yoga practice. But then fast forward, we had children, and I didn't have time to sit for 10 minutes to think about nothing. Or rather... I felt guilty (there it is again) taking 10 minutes to think of nothing, take care of myself and BREATHE. Finally, I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Who can't relax to Oprah and Deepak's Voices?
A couple of years ago, a coworker who is a huge fan of Oprah's, introduced me to the Free 21-Day Meditation Experience. The program comes around every few months and is available online, and accessible on smart phone. It seemed simple enough...
But it wasn't. I have a confession to make. When I do the program, I start off okay, following along every day then WHOOPS, I miss a day. Then I miss 5 days in a row, the episodes start to expire, and I don't finish the program. And then a different guilt trip encompasses me.
This time I am making a better effort, I promise! I have downloaded the app on my phone and made a tracker in my journal. I even made that pretty title photo, above, before my session today for encouragement. (I'm now realizing that my coffee in the photo is probably counter-productive...)
During the first session yesterday, which surrounds the ideas of the energy of attraction, Deepak Chopra's forward really struck me, which makes me think that I will stick to it this time. The lesson was about desire, and desiring a better version of ourselves. I certainly can relate to that in this period of my life. As I have said several times on my blog, I want to strive to have more time for my family and life experiences. I want to be calmer and take the time to take care of myself so that I can take better care of my loved ones.
Want to try the 21-Day Meditation Experience with me?
Check out the Chopra Center Website and sign up for the latest experience. While there, you can also sign up for daily newsletters to encourage you to continue with your practice, and updates to be alerted when the next free experience is happening.
Melissa is a mom, wife, and early childhood educator who blogs about her journey looking for new experiences for family time.