Yesterday was kind of an irritating day. Our road was completely blocked due to the resurfacing construction, so I couldn’t get my car out if I wanted to. (I didn’t actually have to go anywhere, but it just made me feel even more trapped than I already kind of do, and, I couldn’t even go on a walk during a break which made me crabby). Then mid-morning our garage door broke (well, the spring broke). So we can’t open it and now we need to call today to get it replaced. Great. Later, I was cold and wanted to turn the fireplace on and I couldn’t get the fan on it to work! (Ivan was finally able to but it was still frustrating to me in the moment!) Just sort of one of those days that seemed off every time I turned around.
When I complained out loud “why is everything so complicated today??”, Ethan proclaimed, “Because 2020 is trash!” Ha. I kind of agree, buddy. 🙂
Okay, that’s more than enough whining about truly insignificant problems! Here are a couple things I decided to focus on instead:
|My Magnolia tree is finally starting to bloom!|
|Take out pizza for dinner 🙂 Can’t be crabby and eat pizza at the same time.|
Meditation May! = minimum 5 minutes meditation x all 31 days in May
If you saw my May goals post the other day, then you saw me mention that a big goal of mine for May is to reintroduce regular meditation into my days.
This is something I have really struggled to make a regular habit. Meditation seems like a bit of a buzz word over the last few years and although I know it has been around for thousands of years (I’m assuming? I don’t even really know the origins of it, honestly), it seems to me like it’s gaining more and more popularity among average people. The benefits are becoming more well known and lots of research has been done (which is fascinating to me) about how it can actually physically change your brain!!
First though, I spent some time thinking about why all of my previous attempts at meditating hadn’t been successful and I came up with the following list:
So in January, I committed to really setting up a system. I decided that I would do my 5 minutes of meditation every morning, right after I made my tea. I would go into our downstairs basement bathroom (next to my office), lock the door, dim the lights, turn on a flameless candle from the bathtub, and sit cross-legged on the soft, fluffy bath mat with my back against the wall.
Another thing I did was nail down an actual method to be consistent with. I liked some of the guided meditations, but I never really found one that I loved. One day I somehow ran across the free app “Tide” on my phone. I actually had downloaded this a long time ago (before I found my Forest productivity app) and used to use Tide to turn on timers while I worked (it also plays white noise like rain or ocean sounds).
|The “Tide” app on my iPhone|
|This is the app, if you want to give it a try|
However, back in January, I really think I was starting to feel the benefits! I felt more focused, my mind felt calmer, I just felt a little bit more centered throughout the day. So, I have recommitted to it now for May. So far, I am 5/5. I’m going to do it at least every single day this month for 5 minutes.
Steps: 10,895 (had to hit the treadmill after dinner to get more in!)
I am grateful for pizza! That pizza last night really just hit the spot. I had taken some meat out to cook, but the kids asked for pizza, so we said “why not!” I’m grateful for little treats and little traditions that aren’t a big deal but just make an ordinary day feel a little more fun.