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Summer Challenge #changeyourpattern: Meditation

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As we approach the halfway point in the #changeyourpattern challenge, how’s everyone feeling?  I have completed most of the FFR challenges over the past year and a half, and this one has especially inspired me.  I have learned so many great bits of knowledge from the past challenges that I have implemented into my daily life and routines.  What I like most about this challenge is that it offers us the opportunity to just pick one thing to focus on.  When I first sat down to decide on what pattern I was going to change, I found my mind racing with a million different ideas.  I had to really stop and reflect on the past six months and choose what pattern I felt pushes me outside of my comfort zone and has slipped out of my daily habits since the beginning of the year.  

My #changeyourpattern is committing to 10 minutes of meditation daily.  There are so many other patterns that I know I could improve on… more meal prep, less sugar, more sleep, less social media… the list goes on. What I like about this challenge is that I forced myself to pick just one pattern to change, instead of trying to do all the things. 

Ten minutes of meditation is something reasonable but also effective for me. It is not complicated, in fact one reason that I pushed myself to make this my #changeyourpattern was because I knew that I could fit ten minutes of anything into a 24 hour day.  I use the app Headspace (the man’s voice is like music to my ears).  There is a free and paid option.  I chose to pay for it, and with this option there are many different themed “packages” you can use to guide you through meditation practices for different amounts of time.  I fit these ten minutes into my day wherever/whenever I have time.  Sometimes I do it first thing when I wake-up, sometimes I do it right before bed, sometimes I do it sitting at my kitchen table, and sometimes I meditate lying in bed.  The important thing for me is to just do it, and even after ten minutes, I feel so much more relaxed and also accomplished.  Fitting this short meditation practice into my day is a great reminder to slow down and breath- something I otherwise lose sight of.  I encourage everyone to find the time to meditate- even if it is just for a minute or two.  I promise you won’t regret it!

As you go through the challenge, remember - not every day is going to be perfect.  Accepting this and knowing that change is difficult and intimidating is important. Choosing one small thing to make progress in and take action upon is one small step to something much larger in the grand scheme of life.  I encourage you all to reflect on the pattern you chose at the beginning of the challenge and reflect on the progress you’ve made so far.  Any progress, no matter how small, adds up.  If you feel like you’re struggling, it’s never too late to start over! Not every day is going to be perfect, but give yourself credit for the efforts you’ve made and stay strong as we crush the last week of the #changeyourpattern challenge.

All Hail the TreadMighty,

Lauren