february meditation challenge
posted: February 3, 2014
The world that we live in moves faster and faster every day, and us with it. There’s a clearing and cleaning that takes place in your mind, body and soul when we simply sit.
My goal for 2014 is to motivate people to sit down once a day, for just five minutes, in order to stop the momentum. What I’m asking you to do is simply watch your breath and see what happens.
How to do it?
Find a comfortable seat on the floor or in a chair with your hips higher than your knees to increase a soft curve in your lower back. Sit with a straight spine, eyes open or closed, and get comfortable. Set a timer for five minutes and simply pay attention to your breath. Follow your inhales and exhales. Stories and thoughts will come; our minds are built this way. Come back to your breath.
What to expect?
The first few times are likely going to be uncomfortable—that often happens when you learn something new, we can’t help that. Be stable and steady no matter what happens or comes up. Stay with five minutes a day for the full month and breathe.
The list is as long as your yoga mat:
• releases stress
• slows down reaction time to stress in our lives
• helps us breathe more fully
• relaxation boosts our immune systems
• a calm state increase blood flow and slows heart rate
• increases exercise tolerance by learning to calm our mind’s chatter
• decreases muscle tension
• improves athletic performance by teaching us how to handle stress under pressure
• increases creativity
• increases acceptance of oneself
• makes us more focused on what matters in life
The Challenge: #sitonceaday
Commit to five minutes a day to change your life in this February meditation challenge. Sit still, stop the momentum and see what happens. Share your photos on Instagram, Twitter, or on our Facebook walls, and tag them with #sitonceaday.
Our Toronto ambassador David Good was so successful in his legs up the wall challenge, he was inspired to head up the February #sitonceaday challenge. Have you got what it takes to get behind sitting once a day?