The last 13 days have been crazy for me. With the guys being gone, I had to run our main charity stream which brought about a lot of stress and was very hard on me, as I had to stream 8-10 hours a day trying to gather 3,3k dollar per day.
I ended up not eating and sleeping properly but the only thing I really obligated myself to do was meditate. I just started the Take 15 program, which basically is a 15 day program with a daily 15 min meditation session, and I felt that especially during a hard period like this, it would help me balance things out. And I was right!
Before I started the program, I was afraid 15 min per day would feel like forever, but the opposite ended up to be true! It didn’t feel long at all. Looking back now at the Take 10 program, it actually is a bit too short, as I regularly ended up relaxing deeply around the 10 min and then it’d come to an end.
So what to does the Take 15 program focus on?
It makes you answer the questions: “Why should I meditate?” and “How does me meditating affect others who are dear to me?”. On top of it, it focuses on implementing it more in your daily life, aside of the meditations itself. You learn to develop more mindfulness as you learn to observe your mind on a more regular base which ends up in changing your perspective in a lot of situations.
Of course there are still moments you are less aware or things get to you but for some reason, even though the feelings are there, it seems to be easier to cope with them.
I also tried out the sleeping meditation several times and even though I was skeptic towards it, I’d fall asleep every time before the time ran out (so within the 16min).
Next step is the Take 20 program. Looking forward to see what’s coming up next, and of course I’ll keep you guys posted on that one as well!
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