101 DAYS OF MEDITATION // I’ve been attempting to meditate on and off for NINE years. Yup. For nearly a decade I struggled to string together more than 30 days, so 101 feels monumental. We all know the benefits of meditation, but when it comes to sitting still and actually putting it into practice, it’s easy to fall short.
In all honesty, I started this streak when committing to 30 days no contact with a boy I was trying to get over. I really only cared about the day count in that regard and spent most of the sessions thinking about him. I think that’s what I needed though. I decided that success was completing 10 minutes per day, even if my mind wouldn’t shut up. And something shifted in those 30 days. I stopped looking for meditation to be anything more than sitting still with my eyes closed, and in doing so, my mind began to slowly relax.
Look, real talk... after 33 days, I texted this photo to that boy. I was in awe of the scene unfolding and wanted to remind him what a fool he was to have left me and this magical place. He hasn’t come back yet, but I’m still meditating. And I can’t say exactly how meditation has helped, just that it has. This summer has been a rollercoaster of addiction, trauma, mental illness, suicide, love, and loss but somehow I’ve been able to approach it with neutrality.
There are a ton of meditation apps with all sorts of bells and whistles, any of them will work. I use @oakmeditation, created by @kevinrose as a passion project. It’s free, but more importantly, thoughtful and beautiful in its design and application. I highly recommend the “loving kindness” meditation, which I used for the first 30 days before shifting to unguided. I think everyone could benefit from this powerful mantra, especially those of us who may have a loud inner critic.
I am by no means an expert, but I’m certainly a convert and can no longer imagine a day without meditation. I’m considering writing a longer blog post on this topic through the lens of food/body/weight loss, but I know meditation has been written about ad nauseam so maybe not. Happy to answer any questions in the comments. *curtsying out of the room — namastay* 😉
My #Chicago room has the sweetest little bench near the window and I am oh so in love
A dear human I know @plumwildco once told me about all the joys of traveling alone and I have never since forgotten her words. Now I get to give it a little try.
‘Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return life - and travel - lives marks on you.’ ~ Anthony Bourdain
Homebound and so sad to leave this gorgeous place! At first, traveling alone seemed like a crazy idea, but I welcomed the challenge. Fast-forward to 10 days later and I have seen phenomenal places, met people from all over the world and most importantly- learned a lot about myself!! I look forward to many more #soloadventures in the future! #greece
Been in medical school officially for 10 weeks, now 5 exams deep, and really wishing I could be back in Chiangmai chillin with these loving (hungry) fellas ! Although the little one almost ate my phone about a minute before this pic was taken 😂 #takemeback#soloadventures
Today I went exploring Isla Isabela and saw some amazing, indigenous wildlife. - Blue footed boobies - Iguana - A slaughter of iguanas - Giant Tortoises - Flamingos - Sea lions - Crab - Humans
I also went snorkeling without drowning (yay!) and make some new Aussie friends.
Darwin, I get the appeal now!