Lately I’ve found that I have been really struggling with keeping up a consistent meditation practice. As I’ve continued to get busier with the vlog, with playing and studying poker, and with my day job, I’ve noticed both the amount of time I spend in meditation and how often I actually sit my ass down and meditate continues to get smaller and less frequent. And I feel it. I feel it in how quickly I get frustrated both on and off the felt. I feel it in how the base line of my daily anxiety level is slowly increasing. I feel it in how long it takes me to fall asleep at night. And worst, I feel it in the panic attacks that seem to come along more often and last that much longer with every missed opportunity to sit.
So I’ve decided to do something about it. Those of you who follow The Poker Monk Vlog on my YouTube channel, know that I recently completed a weight loss challenge. On the heels of that success, I’ve decided to institute a similar challenge, only this time with meditation.
So here’s the plan. I will sit everyday for the month of July. I will start by sitting for ten minutes then increase the time I sit by one minute every other day. So on July 1st I will sit for 10 minutes. On July 3rd I will sit for 11 minutes. On July 5th I will sit for 12 minutes. I will continue this pattern until I reach my goal of sitting for 20 minutes and will continue sitting for 20 minutes every day until the end of the month when I complete the challenge.
I’m going to keep the meditation itself very simple. I will silently count my breaths until I reach ten then start again at one. If I lose focus on the count, I will simply start the count over at one and begin again completely without judgement.
I am very much looking forward to this challenge. Everything in my life just seems to go a little more smoother, or at least I seem to deal with life a little more smoothly, when I am meditating. It’s hard to explain. Things just feel right.
It would be awesome if you would complete the challenge with me. If you decide to do so, please let me know so we can offer each other encouragement over the course of the month. But if this is not something you’re interested in trying for yourself but just want to follow my progress, well, that would be awesome too!
I won’t be posting every single day because, well, how much can I possibly write about sitting silently. But I do plan to update you guys on my progress a couple of times a week. Of course the best way to follow my progress is to subscribe to the blog by clicking on the subscription button on the right. That way you’ll get an email letting you know every time I publish a new post.
Day one is already in the books. I sat for ten minutes while my wife was in the shower. It wasn’t ground-breaking. It didn’t feel life-changing. It just felt like I sat silently for ten minutes. So, you know, perfect.