Jemma’s Meditation Challenge

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Meditation is hard, very hard. How does one just push away thoughts and be at one with inner peace? Over these last couple of weeks I have been reading and studying different forms of meditation and how to adapt your mind and thinking before I fully plunge into my mediation series.

I have decided I’m going to participate in Buddhist mindfulness meditation: knowing the mind, training the mind, and freeing the mind., But first I have to prepare myself to get the full experience from my meditation. To do this I have been thinking about he word RAIN – Recognize, Allow, Investigate, and Non-identification.

To make my mind peaceful before mediation I have been thinking about these four words on a daily basis, going home at night and closing my eyes in pure silence trying to train my mind. I  Recognize what is happening, I  Allow life to be, I Investigate what I am exploring and then, finally I try and rest in Non-identification, resting in my natural awareness allowing thoughts and feelings to simply come and then go. As I’m doing this I try and think about the ocean, a peaceful place where the waves come and go, it helps a lot with me trying to push thoughts away.

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After plenty of studying and trying to train my mind ready for the full series, I will begin my classes this week and will write a journal for you weekly.

Stay tuned!

 

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Fyza -March 4, 2013, 3:23PM

Jemma which class are you taking?

Jenny Ekberg -March 4, 2013, 5:38PM

Jemma, this is great!! I got inspired by you and tried to do a Bikram challenge but it didnt’ work for me. I did a few classes and each time got a migraine that lasted for 3 days after. I also had a bad feeling about the place. It was nothing like the one you went to, this really felt weird, like a cult. The instructors were really unapproachable and didn’t care when a girl in the class felt really ill. I wish there was a yoga place like the one you went to near me :o(

fp jemma -March 5, 2013, 9:32AM

@Jenny I too suffered from migraines in my first couple of classes. I started to drink a ton of water and found that it helped. I’m sorry you had a bad experience, maybe try another class and see how it goes

fp jemma -March 5, 2013, 9:33AM

@fyza I’m taking a mindfulness meditation class

gp -March 5, 2013, 1:25PM

deepak chopra is actually doing a virtual 21 day meditation challenge starting next week. it’s free. apparently oprah is endorsing it. haha.

http://www.chopracentermeditation.com/bestsellers/LandingPage.aspx?bookid=178&af=852

Jules -March 6, 2013, 11:39AM

Can’t wait to here how the classes go. I love this post, real interesting.
http://bohobrain.wordpress.com/

HulieeHoops -March 16, 2013, 9:02AM

I’m glad you put a meditation blog up! its super interesting and helpful. I’m going to try and incorporate this in with my hula hooping. :)
thanks a lot!

Jane Astarte -March 22, 2013, 4:04PM

The hardest part of practicing meditation is committing the time to start. But once we set a few minutes every day in achieving that goal of practicing meditation, it will naturally become part of our schedule. Good luck, Jemma! You can make it!

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