Uh-oh. All the signs lately are telling me I should start meditating. It just keeps coming up in conversation. But my type-A, fidgety personality would rather do almost anything than be quiet, sit still, and think about nothing. I have a really hard time with each of those tasks, which I think is all the more reason why I probably need to meditate–at least a little bit each day.

As if there haven’t been enough signs around hinting that meditation may be a good route for me, the other day at the gym my magazine had a whole article on the scientifically proven benefits of mediation. It didn’t make me want to meditate, but it made me want the benefits.

I’m reading this article thinking, maybe I just start small. I’ll meditate for five minutes, or, more seriously, two-and-a-half minutes. That sounds doable. And then I came to the end of the article where they recommend beginners start out with ten whole minutes. Yikes! I immediately thought, “I can’t do it.”

But I hear so many people say that about starting exercise and I recommend starting small, so I’m going to follow my gut and start with 2.5-5 minutes. However, I’m going to postpone until the New Year. Meditation is going to be one of many resolutions in 2011. We’ll see how it goes. Feel free to remind me because it seems like a resolution I’d be happy to skip.

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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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  1. Anonymous December 21, 2010 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I’ll bet that no matter how little or how much you do (and remember meditation takes practice – like everything else)you’ll recognize something different in your life by 6 weeks. It might be that you feel more relaxed or how you “react” might change (you might not react), judgements about surroundings/people/situations may begin to disappear, the way you express yourself may be more thoughtful. Good luck with it. Meditation is not easy but worth it. I’ll join you in the challenge because when I did meditate the benefits were worth it.

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