“They” say it takes between 21 and 60 days to make a new habit. I’ve been trying to incorporate mindfulness into my daily being, and have been relatively successful, but I want more! Yesterday we had an hour’s drive and I was trying to be more aware of my surroundings, but it seemed my attention was continually being drawn to the excess of garbage and litter along the roadside. The same trip in reverse, on our way home, I was riveted to the present, as we were in the middle of the snowstorm and traffic on the highway was crawling at 30 mph. Being alert and present was mandatory. I was able to remain calm, though, and also enjoyed the beauty of the effects of the storm.
My 21-day challenge (I tend towards impatience–thus 21 instead of 60…baby steps!) to increase my mindfulness, is to begin a 15-minute daily meditation practice. Husband and I have tried this periodically, but it is more miss than hit, and only for about 5 minutes at a time. I’ll check back in as time progresses!
Do you meditate? What is your meditation technique or routine? Any advice for a novice?