Meditation Experiment – Follow My Journey

So I have decided to give this meditation thing a try!  From what I understand, there are a lot of successful people doing it now and the reviews have been positive.  I believe I have become a lot more mindful through my counselling and other talk therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy but I want to improve on that.

I will update this blog as I work through the journey to keep anyone who may follow it up to date.  Honestly, I have no expectations.  I have always thought the process or the idea of meditating was for those hippy type people who live in vans out in the woods.

Yea, not my idea of meditation!

Currently I am reading a book by Dan Harris.  From what I understand, it will walk me through the process in a more, dare I say it, normal way.  None of the over the top spiritual stuff that is normally associated with meditation.  Just clear easy to understand instructions on how to get started and what to expect.

If you are curious about the book its called “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book“.  The title defines me perfectly which is why I am hoping it will help.  I really enjoyed his other book called “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story“.  I found the way he wrote to be funny and informative.  He went into a skeptic and has now fully embraced the process.  Check out the my “Books You Should Read” page for more books I highly recommend.

Meditation Goal for Week #1:

My goal is to finish the book this week.  In the meantime, I will start with 5-10 minutes a day each morning when I wake up.  We shall see how it goes!

DAY 1:  Quick update on my first day today.  I did 5 minutes this morning which went by pretty quickly but I have to say my brain was all over the place.  I spent a lot of time refocusing back on my breath as my mind would go from thinking about the book to this blog to the car horn outside etc.  From what I understand, this is quite common.