I was able to successfully put my missed meditation day at the end of January behind me, and I have continued to meditate daily ever since! February is my first completed month of meditation, and I’m feeling the pleasure and gratitude of a partial goal realized.
I have learned that it’s best for me to meditate as soon as I get up in the morning, since that is the easiest time of day for me to control my routine and develop a daily habit. I also enjoy the sense of additional calm it gives me going into each day.
I’ve started with just five minutes of meditation at a time, but my hope is to gradually increase the duration. I’ve been trying out ten minutes on weekends, when my schedule isn’t as rushed, and I’ve also added in a few yoga poses now and then.
My ideal is to do both meditation and yoga every day, so I’m pleased that I’ve started adding in a little yoga, but I’m still only planning to track the meditation this year. One goal at a time works best for me.
With the additional clarity I’ve gained from my meditation exploration I’ve also had the headspace to attempt to bring more vegetables into my daily food habits, and to think more about my plans for my art. Nothing concrete yet, but I am donating one of my framed photographs to the silent auction at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Hooley for Healing at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, on Saturday, March 16 at 12 pm. The photographs are of the Downhill House ruins at Mussenden Temple on the Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland, matted and framed by The Framemaker in Kalamazoo.
All in all, despite some extreme weather and two bouts with viruses, February wrapped up quite nicely. I’m grateful and looking forward to March!