Not to long ago I wrote a blog piece about my struggles with keeping a regular meditation practice. A friend recently recommended the book Full Catastrophe Living to me. This book is one by Jon Kabat-Zinn who is a founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programs. In class form this consists of 8 2.5 hour classes plus one full Saturday class. You have to commit to meditation 45 minutes a day while in the program. In fact, there is some recent research that doing this program can change your brain in the 8 week period.
My first reaction to looking at dong the home program was “No Way!” I If you are didn’t think I could do 45 minutes a day of meditation. But I tried it. I am now starting week 3 of the program where you can add Mindful Yoga to your routine if you are able. I have to say that since I have been doing this I have felt really good. I have also found myself looking forward to doing my 45 minute meditation every day. It is hard no doubt. Right now I am doing the Body Scan Meditation which is focusing on one part of your body at a time. I have to redirect my thoughts about every 5 seconds or so it seems. But I do it and I feel like it is making a difference. Interestingly enough I have been more engaged in doing the longer meditation daily than I ever was in the shorter ones I did previously. I know I can keep up on the practice for the 8 weeks it is structured for and I hope I can keep it up as an ongoing practice beyond that. I have read so much research recently on how meditation can improve both physical and mental well being that it seems really important to add this to my day.
I would love to hear from you more about how you try and integrate mindfulness into your day.
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