Today I’m sharing about a 30 day meditation challenge that I’ll be doing for the month of June. I’d love to have you along for the meditation ride too!
Ever since yoga teacher training ended at the end of March, I’ve been meaning to meditate more. I want to get back to doing it consistently every day like I was a year or two ago. I never seem to remember to do it during the day, and most days I forget to do it at bedtime too. What better way to get back into it than to commit to doing it every single day for a month?
My plan is to start June 1st and meditate every single day of the month. I’m leaving it open to whatever kind of meditation I’m feeling like that day – using the Headspace app on my phone, prayer, going to a yoga nidra class at one of the yoga studios I go to, or simply taking some time to be still and breathe deeply for a few minutes. I’m not putting any sort of time frame on my daily meditations – it might be 3 minutes one day and 10 minutes the next.
One big thing that I’ve learned about meditation is that it doesn’t have to be “woo woo” if you’re not into that kind of stuff. I’m definitely not, but I still find it really beneficial to meditate. Even just sitting still for a few minutes and counting your breaths is meditation. Headspace is probably the least woo woo option of the resources that I’ve listed below, so be sure to check it out if you’re not into the woo woo stuff.
Since I started meditating regularly using Headspace, I’ve found lots of other meditation resources as well, so I (and you if you decide to join me) have lots of options for this 30 day challenge.
Headspace is an app (Android or IOS). You have to subscribe (monthly or annually) to unlock most of the meditations, but there are some free ones that are really great. I’ve subscribed in the past and thought it was a great deal. Make sure to google promo codes for it before you subscribe because I think I found one for 40% off an annual subscription. For more info about Headspace, check my post here.
Calm is another meditation app that I’ve heard really good things about. They offer a 7 day free trial (which you’ll have to cancel before the 7 days are over or else your credit card will be charged). An annual subscription is $59.99 USD. I’ve also seen promo codes for Calm, sure sure to google them to get a deal.
Insight Timer is another great option for a meditation app. It’s completely free (woohoo!) and has a ton of meditations to pick from just like Headspace and Calm. I personally haven’t used Insight Timer, but it was recommended to me by one of my teachers at yoga teacher training.
Tanis Fishman has posted some really great yoga nidra meditations on YouTube. She was actually one of my three teachers at yoga teacher training. She covered all the pranayama and meditation techniques, along with yoga philosophy with us, so she really knows knows what she’s doing when it comes to meditation. If you’re into yoga nidra (or you want to try it at home before committing to a class in a studio), give one of her YouTube videos a try.
I actually hadn’t tried yoga nidra before I did yoga teacher training. It’s definitely taken a bit of time, but I really enjoy it now. It’s sometimes a struggle to stay still for a longer period of time, but I really do enjoy it when I do it. It’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a longer meditation.
And of course, there’s tons and tons of other meditations available on YouTube. Search for them and find a few that you really like and connect with and then bookmark them on your browser so that you can find them easily again. I’ve found that the easier I make it to meditate, the more likely I am to actually do it.
Meditation has done so many good things for me. It helps with my anxiety levels when I’m having a tough day. Knowing that I can meditate if I need it when I have a few quiet minutes to myself is so reassuring.
When I’m feeling anxious it can be so easy to get swept up into the anxious, racing thoughts, to go down the path towards the worst case scenario,and just get stuck in all those negative things. Meditation helps me to put a stop to all of that and come back into the present instead of worrying about all the possible things that could go wrong, no matter how unlikely they are to actually happen.
Meditation also helps me fall sleep sometimes. I’m someone who goes over all the things I need to do the next day when I’m laying in bed with my eyes closed. Meditating before I fall asleep allows my mind to quiet down. If you’re the same way you’ll know what a great thing it can be to just have your head be quiet.
I actually wrote a post last year that sums up all the things that I learned from meditating for 100 days. Check it out here if you’re interested. It was honestly eye opening to see how much things had changed for me over the course of just over 3 months.
For the challenge I’ll be posting about how it’s going here on the blog and on my Instagram account (I’m getfitfiona over there) to keep myself accountable. I’ll be starting officially on June 1st and continue through to the last day of the month, a total of 30 days. If you’re interested in doing it with me, leave a comment on this post to let me know, or post your meditations on social media. I’d love to know what meditations you’re doing.
My plan is to use the Headspace app most days before going to bed. That’s how I was able to be so consistent doing it before, so I know that it works for me. I’ll also be going to the occasional yoga nidra class. I’m planning on attending one on Saturday at the Yoga Shala, and there’s another one that I like on Tuesday nights at Yoga in Bowness.
Do you meditate on a regular basis? What meditation resources do you use?