Be a Better You in 365 Days Challenge – Day 42 Mediation

This is Day 42 of How to Be a Better Person in 365 Days (365 Challenge) October 2011 Challenge. View list of tasks: 365 Challenge Overview

Hi All! Welcome to Day 42 of the 365 Challenge!

Today is Day 42 of 365 Challenge, aka: How to Be a Better Person in 365 Days. You’ve gotten this far, and have done every day’s task with due diligence (it’s okay if there were delays as long as you ultimately did them), let me congratulate you. It’s not easy to get this far – it obviously shows that you’re serious about your growth to take action and follow-through.

Growth is not supposed to be easy. It takes courage to step up against resistances. It takes strength to push through even in face of doubt. It takes passion and love for being the highest of yourself. You see, it’s easy to coax yourself into skipping tasks or dropping the 30-day program because that’s just the simpler way out. Sometimes it’s the result of our very defence mechanisms at work – they are threatened by the exploration, which threatens their very existence. They erect barriers to prevent what’s underneath from being uncovered and examined. It takes a different kind of person altogether to hold yourself to your original commitment of going through the program when you first signed up.

So far in the challenge, we’ve covered important habits like gratitude, waking early, kindness, inner dialogues, bettering ourselves, and more. Today we’ll be working on meditation.

Meditation

I’ve written a lot already on my experience with meditation, how I got started and the benefits of meditation, which I invite you to read here first: 20 Surprising Benefits of Meditation Everyone Should Know

Meditation is not an goal or achievement. Meditation has no seeking or desire. In meditation we become aware of our desires and goals. If some one is seeking any goal through meditation then it is another game of mind and not worth pursuing it.

Whether you practice meditation in your daily routine or you only do it sporadically, meditation brings you increased clarity and centeredness within yourself. People who meditate regularly experience a huge slew of benefits, compared to those who don’t.

Today we’re going to take a breather through meditation.

Your Task: Meditate

Start on a new page or blank page and/or however, you choose write. On top, write “My Meditation”.

  1. Clear your mind before you start. Take a few deep, slow breaths.
  2. Follow the 5 steps outlined in: How To Meditate For Beginners: 7 Easy Steps Of “Spontaneous Meditation”
  3. Meditate for as long as you want, till you feel cleansed, purified, refreshed and good to go. I recommend 30 minutes to start off. If you want to meditate longer, that’s even better. (Back when I went for the Vipassana retreat, I underwent almost 100 hours of intense meditation, and processed a lot of latent memories and thoughts I didn’t know were there!)

Observe all the thoughts (your inner dialogue) going through you meditate. Don’t engage in the thoughts; just sit and observe, as an external observer of reality would.

Day 42 Reflection for 365 Challenge

  1. Is there anything you learned today?
  2. If so, what is it? Write it down.

Share Your Answers!

Share in the comments and tell us you are doing. Report back at the end to share your progress!

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