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This week I am doing 20 minutes a day in quiet meditation. I'm also reading "Finding the Quiet" by Paul Wilson which talks about meditation basics (It just so happens to be a review book I was sent).

So today mid-day I took a shower and then went to meditate. I did what Paul said about cupping one hand in the other - different from what I did last week of resting each hand open on a knee. I also grounded myself into the earth, vs last week of relaxing from the toes up to the head. I seemed to relax just as quickly this way vs the previous way.

I found it was much easier to relax now, and while I still get random thoughts interfering, they seemed to be less frequent than last week. There were more stretches of quiet.

Also, even though I was now doing 20 minutes instead of 15, the timer seemed like it rang too soon! I wanted to sit some more. Which is a real breakthrough for me. Normally I am just go-go-go all day long, trying desperately to keep up with email and my to-do lists and everything. I never take a break from when I wake up to when I sleep. Carving out this time to meditate was a huge "sacrifice" to me (because there were urgent things I have to put aside to make the time) but my hope is that the week-long high focus I gain from this short investment will more than make it worth it.

That is, if I meditate for 20 minutes in a given day, that I more than gain back 20 minutes in higher productivity for the rest of the day and have a net gain.


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Yeah, Lisa - you sound like you're on a good track for you!

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I am enjoying reading about your experiences, Lisa, and thank you for sharing them like this. It's certainly interesting to compare the many similarities with my limited meditation experiences. smile


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The 14th was Sunday. I should try to remember to post every day, because it's hard now to keep track of what happened on what day. I'm pretty sure yesterday - Monday the 15th - was the day I meditated twice, at 20 minutes each. I thought I'd give it a try. It was very nice! Very quiet and relaxing. I meditated once mid-day, and then later in the evening I took a shower so I meditated after that. I find that when I've already taken a break to take a shower that it's easy to "tag on" a meditation session after that without feeling *too* guilty about it. That was also the night that I spent several hours at night trying to fall asleep and meditating while I did.

So today (Tue the 16th) once again after I showered mid-afternoon I went into my meditation room. This time though Bob came looking for me part-way through and talked with me. So it was interrupted. Still, better to try than to not try. It was peaceful but I didn't get the full benefit of the 20 minutes.


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Wednesday I had my afternoon shower then went in to meditate. It was relaxing almost immediately, and it was incredibly serene and peaceful after about 8 minutes! The full 20 minutes zipped by very quickly, and when they were done I wished I was doing more. I am waiting to move up to 25 minutes until this weekend though, so I do a full week at 20 minutes.

I didn't meditate on Thursday, it was a very hectic day and I was out of the house for much of the day. I tried to meditate in bed before I fell asleep but I am finding it much harder to meditate in bed than on the cushion seated up.

My Dad is over today, and he's sleeping in my "meditation room" - so I'll do an in-my-own-bed meditation after he goes to sleep.


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