31 Day Meditation Challenge

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med·i·ta·tion

/medəˈtāSH(ə)n/

noun

1. the action or practice of meditating.

2. a written or spoken discourse expressing considered thoughts on a subject.

What does meditation mean to you? Have you ever meditated? Would you ever try meditation?

Meditation means lots of different things to different people. The definition above (if you ask me) is quite vague – but is also left open to interpretation. From my experience with meditation, it is designed to give your mind and body a break from the stressors of everyday life, and from the constant, non-stop influx of thoughts into the brain.

How many seconds a day (right now) do you honestly just sit and BREATHE? Not thinking about what you’re having for dinner, or how your friend’s day was, or when you’re going to actually go to the gym – but actually NOTICE the rising and falling of your chest when you breathe…

Chances are slim to none.

The benefits of meditation have been dominating the media for the past couple years, and to be honest – I think experiencing something is the best way to really understand it.

I’ve dabbled in meditation here and there – but can say out of the 10-15 times I’ve meditated, I’ve probably only had success with it 2-3 times. My mind wanders, I get frustrated, I can’t sit still.. .the list goes on.

Recently I was getting ready to go on a trip for work to Thailand – I knew the flight was going to be long, so was mentally preparing myself. I have used apps like Headspace before – but wasn’t too crazy about it. I heard of an app called SimpleHabit – their tagline is “A Daily Vacation For Your Mind,” and the meditations are often designed to be shorter (about 5 mins), which is also appealing to me.

I loved everything I had heard so far. So, I downloaded it. I fiddled with it a bit before I left, but once I was on the plane getting ready to be in the same seat for 19 hours, was when I really needed the app. I did a 10 minute meditation for deep sleep – and to my surprise, it worked. I didn’t knock out for 19 hours, but I fell asleep for a good amount of time.

I thought that if this app couple help me sleep (which no other meditation apps were ever able to do), it could certainly help other people with endless things. They have apps for stress relief, anxiety, focus, calmness.. the list goes on.

I’ve participated in fitness challenges before, and one night before I went to bed – I thought, what if I hosted a meditation challenge. People coming together to test out and see the long term benefits of meditation – supporting each other along the way.

That was it – the next day I was promoting it and one week later it was starting. The free group focuses on supporting each other in trying to meditate for just 5 minutes per day. We follow SimpleHabit’s 31 Day Meditation Challenge program, and it focuses on different topics each day (ie: creating calm, overcoming fears, letting go of regrets etc).

Anyone who meditates each day for 31 days (the app tracks this) receives a FREE Premium 2 month subscription to SimpleHabit, and also gets entered into a giveaway to win a free year.

The first challenge is already underway, but if you’re interested in joining the next one – either shoot me a note at coachdanielleradulski@gmail.com or direct message me on Instagram @danielle_radulski.