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It's Whole Life Wednesday and this week's Healthy Lifestyle Challenge is to meditate for 10 minutes daily. A meditation challenge has appeared in every WLC, and it's interesting to see some people really take to it and some people really hate it. What is it about sitting quietly for 10 minutes that brings some people joy and some people angst?
I started using Insight Timer, a meditation app, after my first WLC. I sometimes use just the timer and do my own quiet meditation, but most often I use a guided meditation. I have so much of my own voice and noise inside my head that I find it calming to listen to someone else's voice.
I often wake up in the middle of the night with a whole suite of worries fluttering through my brain. When this happens I select a sleep meditation and within minutes I'm usually back to sleep. Sometimes it takes only a 5 minute guided sleep meditation, sometimes it's takes a 60 minute guided sleep meditation. With Insight Timer I have many choices to help guide me back to sleep.
The instructions for our meditation practice are simple:
"We spend most of our time judging and evaluating, consciously or otherwise. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it leaves little room for anything to make a new impression on us. We see something and we immediately know all about it — how it will limit us, what a person must be like, or our presumption of what we’re about to experience.
Other good meditations apps to check out are Headspace, The Mindfulness App, and Calm.
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