The downside of daily meditation. Because even things that are supposed to be good for you can suck sometimes.

The downside of daily meditation: because even things that are supposed to be good for you can suck sometimes. #meditation #mindfulness #awareness #selfdiscovery #wellness #wellbeing #personalgrowth #personaldevelopment

In last week’s post, I shared about some of the (more pleasant or “positive”) shifts I’ve been noticing over the last two and a half months of meditating daily. I realize now (thanks to a friend and meditation mentor) that I didn’t really paint a complete picture of what’s been going on. So I wanted to take some time this week to broaden the picture and share about the downside of a daily meditation practice.

Because meditating daily isn’t (and hasn’t) been all textbook zen and perfect.

I also want to clarify that these observations are based on a decade-long practice of meditation and even longer time spent observing my thoughts and behaviors.

Additionally, it may help to consider last week’s post to be POINT, while this week’s post is COUNTERPOINT. Or light versus shadow. In other words, the things mentioned below are all opposite sides of the same coin. (I promise it will make sense as you read on. Well, I hope it does. 😂)

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The difference a little meditation can make.

The ease and the struggle of a daily meditation practice. An honest reflection of the impact a daily meditation practice can have. #meditation #selfcare #mindfulness #shadowwork #wellness #mindset

Back on April 3rd of this year, I embarked upon my 3rd 100 Day Project (!!). For someone who wasn’t sure she could do anything for 100 days in a row without flaking out, that feels like a pretty epic accomplishment.

In previous years I’ve focused my time and energy on blogging (year 1) and yoga (year 2). This year, I thought I was going to spend my time painting faces but at the last minute decided to go with meditation instead. Daily meditation was something I really wanted to do, and knew that I needed to do, but didn’t think I’d actually commit to doing it daily without some sort of accountability (even if it was just to myself).

So, meditation it was.

I am happy to report that I’ve been meditating every single night for the past 70+ even though I haven’t been sharing about my journey much. I have been learning a lot through my practice and thought that it would only be fitting to share about it now that I am over two-thirds of they way through my 100 days.

Better late than never, right?

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30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude

30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude

Journaling has been a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth throughout the course of my life. I grew up in a home where journaling and self-expression were encouraged. I had an English teacher in 8th grade require daily journaling as part of our class. Hell, my health coach training program incorporated daily free-writing (a la Morning Pages) as part of our coursework.

I’ve journaled when it was just me, and I’ve even managed to journal daily with two businesses to run and a toddler who thinks that 4:55 AM is a perfectly acceptable time to wake up for the day. I’ve probably considered every single reason why I wouldn’t be able to take on such a task.

Wherever life has taken me, I’ve always found my way back to the pages of my journal. Because I know that when I’m able to sit down and write, I FEEL the difference. I have incredible a-ha moments, insights a-plenty, excitement, newfound energy, and am way more grounded.

And then, I found gratitude journaling.

It literally turned my entire world around. First, through the experience of keeping a Miracle Journal based on the ideas found in Melody Beattie’s book, Make Miracles in Forty Days*. A few years later, I stumbled upon another life-changing book called Thank & Grow Rich* by Pam Grout. I spent the better part of a week writing down 100 things each day that I was grateful for.

Each experience cracked me open and helped me connect more deeply with myself and the world around me. Which is why I wanted to create a way for others to experience the joys of journaling and a daily gratitude practice. Consider this the best of both worlds, as each prompt will help you explore a different facet of your life and beliefs, all while expressing a little gratitude for it all. 

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