For a while now, I’ve been trying to get the hang of meditation without much success. I’ve tried meditating at different times of the day, in different locations around the house, using different mantras, but a silent mind has always evaded me.
I began to get annoyed and frustrated with my inability to quiet the chattering voice inside my head, which totally defeated the point, so I gave myself a break from the whole thing.
Then, a few days ago, my Mum told me about a breathing technique she had read about in a Louise Hay book. You count 1 for your in breath, then 2 for your out breath, 3 for your in breath and so on, until you reach 10, when you go back to the beginning and start again from 1.
It sounds so simple, but it’s oh so easy to let your mind wander and end up merrily counting your way past 20 without noticing…well, it is my case. I gave it a go yesterday and found it very relaxing, although any time my mind went blank for a few seconds, I’d start thinking, “I wonder if this is it?” Or, “I hope I’m doing this right.” Arrrggghhh!!
So, this afternoon, I tried the technique again as I lay on my bed for a nap. The first time round, I counted up to 19 before I realised what I’d done. But, instead of getting irritated with myself, I calmly started from the beginning again counting breaths up to 10 and repeating, until suddenly my mind went very still. I’ve honestly never experienced the feeling before. I think it’s called peace. 🙂
Day 189, Reason 189: Today I am so very grateful for my first experience of inner peace and stillness.
Today I started my Giving Challenge. Yippeee! I’m so excited!! Inspired by the 29 Day Giving Challenge, I am embarking on a 31 Day Giving Challenge for the month of August – 2 bonus gifts! Woohoo! 🙂
(I tried to sign up for the 29 Day Giving Challenge last week, but still haven’t received approval for my application and the emails I sent failed to deliver, so I hope all is well with them and their wonderful website.)
My challenge for this month is to give 31 gifts in 31 days and I shall be adding a quick update at the end of my blog posts each day, to let you know how I’m getting on. So, without further ado…
Day 1, Gift 1: Today I paid for someone to help my Mum with jobs around the house, as she has a very bad back.
176 days to go of The Pollyanna Plan
176 reasons to feel glad/happy/joyful to find
… WE DID IT! We raised £365 for Save the Children in just 178 days – Truly amazing – And now our total stands at £377.99!!!
Let’s see how much MORE we can raise together in 365 days.
Even a small donation goes a long , long way:
Just £0.31 buys 8 sachets of Oral Dehydration Salt for a child suffering from dehydration.
If you would like to sponsor me and The Pollyanna Plan, please click on the tab below. You can donate using your chosen currency and ALL donations go directly to Save the Children.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.