Today was my first day of meditation, and when my alarm went off at 5:00 AM to meditate and then go to the gym, I pressed snooze about three times before eventually resetting the alarm for 6:00 (We've all been there, right?). When my phone buzzed again at 6:00, I decided that even though I had missed my opportunity to work out, I would still make time to meditate. I attempted to crawl out of bed, but was met with the crisp air in my bedroom. In that moment, I decided I could meditate equally as effectively (maybe?) in my bed. So, I sat in my bed with my hips propped on a pillow for comfort and my back resting comfortably against the headboard of my bed before looking up a five minute guided meditation video on YouTube ). I assumed dhyana mudra with my hands (after covering my legs with a warm blanket), and began to breathe.
Initially, I was able to focus my attention on very little: my thoughts fleeted from the words on the video, to my tight hamstrings from the previous day’s work out, to my list of tasks for the day, and more. The five minutes rushed by with little sense of relaxation. For five minutes straight, my mind was filled with thoughts. Instead of quieting my mind, the exact opposite had happened; I had quieted the room, allowing for the shouting voices in my head to appear even louder. Admittedly, on day one, I felt like a meditation failure. However, I always remind others to try a new practice at least three times before making a judgment, so I'm committed to try again tomorrow.
How did your first day go? I'd love to hear your thoughts!