Our French Content Manager, Marion, tried meditating for a week and it changed her forever. Read her story below!
There’s no hiding it – I was born stressed. My family and friends always advised me to take up meditation, but the thought of sitting in silence and letting go of my thoughts stressed me out even more! Finally, after years of stress build-up, I decided to teach myself to meditate and control my emotions. Step 1: Download Headspace.
Day 1 (3 min): Let the challenge begin
I feel super motivated to start this new challenge. I’m eager to meditate, focus on my mind and body, and learn how to think of (almost) nothing.
I decided to meditate for 3 minutes. Sounds easy, right? Wrong! It was definitely not easy for me, as I’m not used to ridding my mind of worries. I sat comfortably cross-legged on my brand new yoga mat, surrounded by scented candles – and yet, I still couldn’t focus my mind on my breathing. It wasn’t great, but I guess that’s normal when you’re trying it for the first time. Right?
Day 2 (5 min): Perseverance is key
Meditating in complete silence didn’t work for me. So, I decided to create a chill-out playlist to accompany my meditations. My experience was better than the first. I decided to focus on my favourite colour, light blue, to avoid letting my mind wander. Yesterday, I focused on bright pink, which was perhaps the cause of my failure.
Day 3 (7 min): Is it just me or am I feeling better?
Third day, third meditation session. I followed the same routine as I did previously: candles, music, yoga mat. I also decided to light some incense to concentrate on the smell, in addition to my breathing. I managed to stay focused during the majority of the 7 minutes. I feel calmer, more relaxed and ready to start the work day!
Day 4 (9 min): I’ve created my own ritual
While browsing the Internet and speaking to my friends, I learned that the key to mastering meditation is to be mindful of yourself. So, I started my own daily ritual, which included being mindful of my breathing and every part of my body. I want to know how each part of my body impacts my meditation. After 9 minutes, I feel way more relaxed than I did when I started.
Day 5 (11 min): I’m still pushing through
I’m still motivated to meditate, even more now after my successful meditation session yesterday. However, this session didn’t go as I had planned. I didn’t manage to concentrate on the music or my breathing, which led me to become frustrated and stressed (not exactly the result you want). I thought I didn’t need to follow the “rules” of meditation. After all, why follow the rules when the end goal is inevitably to let loose?
Day 6 (13 min): Become mindful of your body
After the failure of yesterday’s session, I decided to go back to being mindful of my body and emotions. And it worked! Those 13 minutes flew by and I really felt the benefits this time. I also noticed that I was much more capable of controlling my emotions and relaxing in moments of stress.
Day 7 (15 min): Let it go
This was the last day of my challenge. My session was even better than the one yesterday. I came out of it feeling re-energised and relaxed. I had the impression of discovering a new self as well as a new environment, and I became conscious of approaching it differently.
Before starting my challenge, I was sure that I wouldn’t be able to concentrate. I surprised myself. Of course, my life and state of mind can’t change from one day to the next; however, I feel like I’m already reaping in the benefits. In order to really make an impact on your daily life, you need to practise meditation over a longer period of time. So, this is to be continued…
Want to take up the challenge? Check out our 21-day meditation challenge and start getting zen today!
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