Week 2 : Supporting Activities

By the time your 40-day meditation practice enters double digits, things in your life have likely started to shift. Your stress feels more manageable. Your mood feels lighter. Alternatively, you may find your mind traveling back to an unresolved emotional problem more and more often, or maybe all of your emotions seem closer to the surface than usual. Jo

Meditation puts you in touch with your inner self, and there may be all sorts of issues waiting to present themselves to you. It’s important to be gentle with yourself during this time. Here are some supporting activities that will help you sort through your feelings and enrich your practice:

Check in with your emotions – using quiet moments to reflect on how you’re feeling, if you can sense changes beginning, and what you need to feel as comfortable as possible.

Journal after each session – writing down your thoughts and emotions can help you see the bigger picture, and noting each session can help you stick to your daily practice.

Using an app – part coach, part meditation timer, you might find an app like Stop, Breathe & Think, The Mindfulness App or Simply Being useful.

Go outdoors – the rejuvenating power of nature is undeniable, and your awakened spirit will benefit even more than usual from its power.

Exercise – making the body strong and making the spirit strong are goals that go hand in hand.

 Seeking inspiration

There are so many luminaries who share their meditative lives online now, it’s like a feast for the spirit. With so many to choose from, I’ve selected one from each of the top social networks that I recommend. Please share your favorite social meditator in the comments, so he or she can become my new favorite too. 

On Facebook: Transcendental Meditation https://www.facebook.com/TMmeditation