I’ve just knocked over a lazy 100 days of meditation. Every day another Headspace meditation. There are probably a few questions people are wondering about. Do I feel different? Do I feel better or more at peace? No – I don’t feel any different at all. This is a pretty amazing thing though! In the last 3 months and a bit, we’ve all dealt with COVID-19 in different ways. For me, it was managing the movement of nearly 200 staff from offices to home and providing their IT needs, shortly followed by working on ISO 27001 documentation and preparing to go through the Stage 1 Audit (which was last week). Oh, and we moved those staff *back* to the offices too! And to add a little pep to the whole thing, I worked 4 days a week for two months! (I really did almost six, but spread the extra days over Friday / Saturday / Sunday – otherwise I would have had a snowball’s chance in hell of finishing all this work). And I had my daughter at work with me at least 1 day a week while she was homeschooling during the lock down and fighting the education battle with her.
So to feel normal with all of that stress and uncertainty is pretty fantastic. There have been days where an explosion was imminent and yet, it didn’t come. Was this related to the meditation I’ve been doing? Maybe – I certainly spent 30 days on managing stress during that 100 days. After all these days of sitting around focusing on breathing and various different visualisations I have not had any amazing revelations, stunning moments of clarity or any of that stuff. It’s kind of like the Book of Est – you get nothing out of the experience that you don’t already have.
I’m thinking I’ll push for longer – can I make it to 200 days of meditation? I have no expectation of what I’ll get out of this, other than it’s working for me so far and I have ingrained the practice in my daily life. There is a lot of great articles about meditation practices and the benefits that it can bring, and this is just my story of my most recent meditation run. It just happened to coincide with the modern plague, vastly changed working conditions and serious uncertainty. I credit this practice with helping me keep an even keel and continue to act in a professional manner at work, and a caring one at home. I recommend giving it a shot – even if it’s only for 10 days using the free Headspace intro or one of the many other great apps out there. Calm is apparently pretty good, or listen to the guided meditations by Tara Brach here: https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditations/ These were some of the first meditations I ever listened to after hearing her on the Tim Ferriss show. Meditation has been an on and off business for me, but over the last 5 years it’s been more on than off. Look into it – there are no downsides!