We’re officially half way through the Whole Life Challenge. How is everything going for you? Is it awesome? Is it difficult? Has it been easier/harder than you thought?
Being at the half way point also means that we’re changing lifestyle categories. You are no longer required to get 7 hours of sleep a day. Reading through the reflections (which has always been a fun little habit of mine- I like to see what people are saying! And anyone who knows me can tell you how much of a social network addict I am.), I was surprised to see how many people weren’t a fan of the sleep challenge or found it really difficult. Personally, 7 hours is the MINIMUM amount of sleep I need to get a night to function properly. I’m a good 8-9 hours guy myself. So for me, the sleep challenge was a breeze. There were only a couple times I fell an hour or so short and had to take a nap in the middle of the day to make it up. It’s not always easy to get to sleep by 10 the nights before I teach the 6am class and wake up at 5.
This next challenge, setting aside 10 minutes a day for mindfulness, I thought was going to be the challenge.What exactly is mindfulness you ask? Well, I’ll the WLC experts themselves explain it:
“That means that for 10 minutes a day you will practice being absolutely present. For many of us that will look like 10 minutes of meditation. Some of you will write in a journal for the 10 minutes. Maybe you will go on a meditation walk; a walk not for exercise or to get from point A to point B, but for the simple sake of the mindfulness of a walk. The challenge is to calm your mind and stay present. You can take on any mindfulness practice you choose, but when you do it, it MUST be the only thing you are doing — no “mindful walking the dog” or “mindful mobilization.” “
Mindfulness? I have horrible ADD and an iPhone; there’s no way I can spend more than 2 minutes (3 TOPS) without averting my attention to whatever notification pops up on my phone.
However, what I’ve come to realize is that, like with a lot of things this challenge brings, I’m actually more than capable of completing this challenge as long as I simply try do it. Imagine that.
Over the past couple of years I’ve done a fair amount of work with a thing called Landmark Education (and am in the middle of a seminar right now), so my course of action the past couple of days has been to set my Pandora radio to an instrumental station, and think about the areas of my life that I’ve maybe been struggling with and then “get Landmarkian”, as I like to call it.
What are you doing for your mindfulness?
If you need help, I’ve seen some great suggestions in the WLC forums.
Amy S posted this link for guided meditation: http://www.tarabrach.com/audiodharma.html
Joseph T shared his traditions with the “bento box”. Which deals with food preparation; ritualizing the whole process of preparing a meal, by being present and focused on 1 task and only one task for 10 minutes each morning, and creating a tiny oasis of peace and a healthier diet.
Tai A has graciously offered up her services as a meditation instructor with over 30 years of practice. She would be happy to answer questions or help create a personal 10 min practice for this lifestyle challenge.
And Genevieve R shared a link to a 21 day meditation series hosted by Deepak Chopra, http://www.chopracentermeditation.com/bestsellers/LandingPage.aspx?bookid=178