The name is quite giving, and this week it is the No Complaining Challenge. For seven days, I will not complain about small, medium, large, massive matters that are a cause for distress, and somehow call for vocalization.
Before I continue telling about my meditation challenge, I wish to ponder about challenges in general. The thing I have been learning is that you need to have some leeway, Tim Ferriss in his podcast said that if you think you can do 20 minutes of meditation, go for 10. Essentially, make it easy for yourself to make small wins! I think that is the key to a successful challenge, and as a result, instead of going into panic mode if I by accident unfavourably mention the tourists blocking my path on the tube, I will do a push-up (I will make a note of it, and probably not do it on the tube itself, though that could be a badass challenge on its own) so I can track how many complaints I made, as well as move a wristband from one wrist to the other (it is a 21 day challenge, and if you move the wristband, the days countdown restarts – I will be doing the 21 days, but for the sake of this blog, will focus on the first seven days).
Similarly with meditation, in the beginning I found it extra hard to do it for 20 minutes. 10 minutes in I’d be wondering when the alarm is going to go off, so that I could do something else. And, I will admit, I skipped a day. No serious reason – just lack of time, but lack of time happens not due to the actual lack of time, but rather due to our poor planning. You probably have heard tons about morning rituals, how people do things automatically without thinking, especially in the morning. It is a great idea, and definitely much recommended.
But! My ideal morning routine would look like this: Water, meditation, breakfast, coffee and a book, shower, get ready to go out, be awesome – all this very early in the morning. If I aimed doing all that at once, I would freak out, because… well, if I had to do this tomorrow morning, then I would already feel sleep deprived.
Not getting overwhelmed is a big thing. So that’s why, I want to continue meditation challenge – not only to implement it as a lasting change, but use it as a device to get less overwhelmed about everything else, as well as draw more conclusions about its impact.
Meditation challenge at this point produced these results:
- It is easier to meditate, the mind wanders less.
- You are definitely calmer after meditation.
- You realise how much random stuff you think, and that a lot of it is quite inconsequential.
Do I recommend meditation? Definitely.
Can I fully explain why? I can point you to resources and give examples, but to recommend it from my own experience, I need a longer trial. Because of the new challenge, I won’t even be able to complain about it, so here we go again 😉