Today’s First – Day 62 – Can Be Found at This Link

Today’s First – Day 62 – Can Be Found at This Link

Today was stressful.  Of course, it was a Monday, we dismissed early, ran a modified schedule, and I swear someone hid caffeine pills in my son’s drinks. By this evening, I was praying for bedtime.  I was the in-house jungle gym for both boys and our dog this evening.  I was ready to go insane by 7 pm.  I love my family dearly, but Mommy needed some solitude.

It was 8 pm and I hadn’t really had an opportunity to even give today’s first a thought.  In fact, I had all but abandoned the idea thinking if the day ended without me in an asylum or running out of my house screaming, it was a successful day.  But I just couldn’t do it.  I could not have come this far — two months — only to wuss out tonight.

Then it came to me.  I really could use some meditation.  I am a big believer in prayer, but meditation — sitting in peace and quiet with the absence of thoughts — that is a foreign concept to me.  I have often read of how meditation has been shown to reduce stress and have health benefits, so that sounded good to me. Online I found this site which offers step-by-step instructions to meditation for beginners.  

I will tell you, this website has a definite spiritual bent.  It is apparent that for the creators of this site, meditation is not just a healthy habit but a religious practice.  Any place I felt uncomfortable because it sounded as if worshipping or praying to a deity other than my God, I eliminated that part.  Otherwise, I found it really user friendly — especially for a newbie like myself.  There were aids you could use such as videos and music.  That was a nice touch.  I found the music especially helpful as it drowned out other incidental sounds in my home.

I am a skeptic for much of this.  The text talks about feeling a cool breeze emanating from your palms and head.  I felt what could be described as that, but I think it’s because the idea was planted in my head rather than due to chakras opening.  However, in the end, it doesn’t really matter what caused it.  I finished my several minutes much more relaxed and ready for bed.  I think it was a great activity and a welcome end to the day.

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