30 Day Meditation Challenge: Drumroll please…Day 30!!!

Monday January 4, 2010:   In yoga, we babble on a lot about the journey rather than the destination.  So, it is perhaps incredibly appropriate that when I sat for my mediation on Monday, I was completely oblivious to the fact that I had, in fact, reached my goal of 30 straight days of meditation!  Colors did not explode before my eyes.  Light beams did not shoot from my belly.  The universe did not swallow me whole.  There’s no Hollywood ending to this meditation story.  In fact, I hope this 30 days isn’t really an ending at all but rather […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 27

Friday January 1, 2010:  So, my meditation streak has officially survived into 2010!  It was not easy as I was away at a vacation rental with friends and there were books and games and bottles of wine and the “cadillac” of hot tubs (this thing had room for 16 with a variety of lights and jets and audio entertainment).  On Friday evening, several friends and I had gone into the hot tub but no one can last in hot, bubbling water longer than I can and my friends left and went inside.  So, it was just me alone with the […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 26

Thursday December 31, 2009:  So, as I mentioned in my previous post, we’ve been away at a vacation rental near Luray to welcome in 2010 and we had no internet access.  I had assumed this would be the case so I just made some daily notes about each meditation and I’m catching up on posts now.  Although I did a yoga practice in the morning (with a lovely view of the mountains) I did not opt to meditate then.  Instead I waited until early evening.  At first I was kind of kicking myself about this decision because the house was […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 25

Wednesday December 30, 2009:  On Wednesday, we left for 4 days at a vacation home rental nestled in the mountains near Luray, VA.   There was no internet access so I have not been able to post about my meditations since my last post on Wednesday morning.  You would think a vacation home away from the city with no internet would be the perfect place to meditate.  But you would only be right if 1) said home did not have paper thin walls (it did)  2)  several of your close friends were not there with you (they were) 3)  there […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 23

Monday December 28, 2009: I sat for meditation in the late evening. When I sat down and settled in, something in me resisted the idea of jumping right to a specific chakra meditation technique or mantra.  So, I just sat.  Without forcing or guiding my energy in any way, I could feel it begin to radiate upwards.  It felt like it was traveling up the front of my body and spilling out like a fountain at the crown of my head.  After a while, I felt a shift and the energy seemed to be concentrated at my heart center.  Again, […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 22

Sunday December 27, 2009:  I was looking forward to a mellow Sunday.  I taught yoga mid-day, had a post-class coffee with a few friends, and then headed back home for a break before teaching a second yoga class.  My plan was to meditate during that break.  Plans changed when I was involved in a minor car accident on the way home.  Neither myself or the other driver were physically harmed but both cars sustained damage and myself and the other driver had differing accounts of what caused the accident.  We spoke briefly and pretty calmly, under the circumstances, but it […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 18

Wednesday December 23, 2009:  I think I’m now in the thick of the “challenge” part of the meditation challenge.  When I decided to meditate for 30 straight days including Christmas and New Year’s, I knew it was going to be difficult.  I knew that as we started cooking for 16 guests on December 23 and prepared to host those guests on December 24th, it was going to get harder to say, “Hey, I know there are 8 leeks and 6 onions and 4 heads of cauliflower and 2 butternut squashes to be chopped and some sushi-grade tuna to be located […]

30 Day Meditation Challenge: Day 11

Wednesday December 16, 2009:   This is the first time I’ve actually posted the same day as I meditated.  My usual process is to mediate and then record my experience the following day.  The “rule” that I established for the challenge is that I could not wait more than one day to record the experience because I think it becomes harder to recall details the more time passes. Today I decided to meditate as soon as I woke up, thinking my mind might be more empty.  But, since the whole day was ahead of me  I found that as I […]

Sit still? For how long?

I have practiced yoga for nearly a decade now (yikes!) and taught yoga for almost 6 years.   Initially, when I started practicing yoga, I simply wasn’t that interested in meditation.  Sweaty vinyasa flow was more my thing.  Later, my curiosity was piqued by meditation and its reported benefits but I couldn’t seem to get my “monkey mind” to settle down for 5 minutes, let alone the 20-30 that are often considered a baseline for deeper meditation practices.  At my first yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Institute in 2004, we had a required 30-minute meditation practice at 6am and 8pm […]