It’s one thing to read about meditation, and a completely different matter to actually experience it for yourself. So I’ve made a fun challenge for you to try.
Here are the basic rules:
- Listen to this 5-minute guided meditation.
- Write down one word about your experience.
- Do this five times over the course of a week or so.
At the end, you’ll have 5 words. What are they? Tell me.
The 5-minute meditation is designed to help you cultivate an attitude of curiosity and kindness — two key tools you will need for the journey.
Here’s a note I received this morning to give you an idea of what you can expect:
I’m unprecedentedly excited to report to you that I finished my 5 meditations and here are my 5 words:
I really enjoyed this assignment. It showed me how much I change from one moment to the next and that my meditation practice will always be in flux too.
This is such a great insight! Meditation is not about disconnecting and floating off into a happy fantasy of bliss. The point is to take a moment to notice the moment — to be more fully in the now. What do you find?
Meditation is one way to find space, clarity, and intimacy with your own experience. Insights come from moments of stillness. What you decide to do with those insights is up to you.
Here’s another perspective from someone else who took on the challenge:
My 5 words are. . .
I am absolutely a fan of this already. 4 out of the 5 were very soothing, relaxing, and mind healing. One day was very distracting, and I just couldn’t grab focus.
The 1st and last of the 5 days were the best experiences. The 2nd day I actually ran 5 miles right after meditating, and the entire time I ran I thought about my breath and focusing on it. It was a very relaxing run.
I also love your voice and I hope you have longer guided meditations that I can use in the future.
I love this stuff so much. Every experience was different, and then this person even applied their practice — mindful awareness of the present moment — to their run! And noticed a difference!
Life is not just an adventure — it’s your adventure! And meditation can really help you enjoy the highs and lows, and feel fully alive every step of the way.
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