So, I’m officially on day 22 of #40DaysPresent.
I’ll be honest, I’m actually surprised I’ve done this for 22 days straight. When I first spoke with Lizzie Muse about a 40 Day meditation – she told me right off the bat that if you missed a day, the clock reset, and it was back to day 1.
Unlearning habits is a hard thing to do. But do you know what’s also hard? Creating NEW habits.
At first it felt weird. I played the mantra on my phone, got into my seated position and closed my eyes. The first time I did it, I felt silly.
I was judging myself.
I was thinking “What am I getting myself into? Why did you think this was a good idea. How many breaths was that? It’s 8 short inhales, to one big exhale… what count am I on?”
But I stuck through it. And slowly, I started to melt into the 10 minutes of meditation.
The more I opened myself up to this new experience, the more I took out of it.
About a week ago, I bought a card deck called “The Universe Has Your Back.” I have added it to my mediation – I’ll lay out all the cards in a row and do my 10 minutes. At the end, I pick a card and use what it says as my focus for the day.
It’s been incredible how much awareness this brings to me every single day. Why? When I carve out time for myself, I’m able to find MORE time to work on myself. People have messaged me saying “I’d love to mediate, but I don’t have time”.
We DO have time.
I started finding pockets of time when I put my phone down. When I stopped mindlessly scrolling through Instagram all the time, I found pockets of 5 – 10 minutes, where I was able to write a note, clean a corner, or just read a book.
The time was there all along.
I’ve learned the value of my time in these last 22 days – and I am so grateful.
I cannot wait to see what I learn in the next 18 days – and how I can continue this journey to fully enjoying the present every single day this year.