How boring is meditation? | 30 days of Meditation

This 2020, I embarked on a self-development journey. I commit to developing 12 habits for 30 days each.

For the month of July, I meditated for at least 3 minutes everyday for 30 days.


What’s the first thing that comes in mind when you hear the word “Meditation”? To me, it was an act of doing something boring. Imagine yourself sitting still in a quiet space with eyes closed for several minutes; isn’t it just a waste of time?

Well, that was my perception a month ago, before I discovered how great meditation is for the mind.

As I venture into my self-development journey, I have read about people who nurtures the mind through meditation. They are peaceful and compassionate. Let us not go far, just look at the monks. Aren’t they the most peaceful people you’ve ever seen?

What actually moved me to add meditation to my routine is Netflix original series The Mind: Explained, episode 4: Mindfulness. This episode explains how meditation can impact one’s mind and body.

I’ve tried meditating on my own by setting a timer, also watched youtube videos and download couple of apps, bit nothing worked better than Headspace App (not sponsored). I enjoy using the app and I find value on the practices it offers.

Headspace App offers free 10-day set of short practices to get you started with mediation. However, unlocking all courses comes with a fee. To be honest, I was hesitant subscribing at first because it was pricy but it was worth the splurge. Headspace made mediation less intimidating and more beginner friendly. I also subscribed to Radio Headspace on Apple podcast to supplement my meditation journey.

I normally meditate after reading the Bible or before I go to bed. When I’m having lunch, I listen to Radio Headspace. At the beginning, the practice takes a minimum of 3 minutes, then it progress to a minim of 10 minutes per practice. 10 minuets of breathing exercise sounds lengthy, but as you practice regularly, 10 minutes is not that long.

As I meditate, I’ve noticed significant change on how I approach things.

I wear my heart on my sleeve. I am deeply emotional and impulsive. I always have an urge to express my emotions towards people and situations without taking time to completely process what’s happening. I do not really know how to domesticate my emotions and I feel awful when I’m not able to express them to my satisfaction. I also have a habit of replaying scenarios on my head over and over again until I become resentful towards myself, to others or the situation.

I know that my approach is not ideal, but I haven’t seen how toxic I am until I started meditating.

Meditation is the process of training the mind to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. It is about training the mind to be free and changing our relationship with thoughts and feelings by gaining perspective.

Within 30 days, I felt my stress and anxiety levels reduced. This is probably because I am now more aware of my stress triggers and I’ve developed mindfulness. I am getting better at accepting situations and being more compassionate towards myself.

I’ve realized that I do not block my negative thoughts and emotions anymore; rather I acknowledge them and let them fleet. I am still susceptible to outburst, actually I’ve experienced it recently, but it’s not as often and intense as it was before. My recovery period has also become much shorter.

During my practice, I am encouraged to review the reason why I meditate. I’m encouraged to confront my thoughts and emotions on a deeper level. I’m gaining insights on why I think and feel a certain way given the situation. I am also more aware of my patterns and my habits. I understand myself better.

As stated earlier, I beat myself up whenever I feel I didn’t do well. However, after every mindful practices, I experience busts of positive feelings towards myself and others. Having time to pause and focus on my mood and intention allow me to evaluate and question myself without feeling judged.

Meditation made me understand that perception is key to tranquility and satisfaction resulting to happiness. Running after happiness is not really my thing now as sometimes this leads to a rat race. Pursuing peace is more relevant to living life to the fullest. Accepting the positives and negatives of life is more fulfilling than ensuring you’re happy all the time.

I was in a dark place recently. My boyfriend broke up with me because he believe that breaking up is best for the both of us. This happened less than 3 months ago. Recently, I saw him entertaining another woman who was his ex apparently. She was his girlfriend before me. I had a massive outburst. I felt disrespected, upset and baffled.

As I meditate for acceptance, I had insight that I got mad because seeing my ex with his ex made realize that I’m a rebound. It made me feel that I’m not important and I’m not good enough. It made me feel like I’m no one, and apparently I’m not comfortable being no one. I’m still in the process of acceptance, but having this insight made significant impact on how I approach my recovery.

How boring is meditation? Well, it is naive to think that it is. Blocking off few minutes of my time to meditate is one of the best thing I’ve made this year. Try it out and share your experience!


To summarize:

Meditation is the process of training the mind to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. It is about training the mind to be free and changing our relationship with thoughts and feelings by gaining perspective.

I ensure to meditate at least 3 minutes per day on a regular basis. I use Headspace App, supplemented by Radio Headspace, to practice meditation.

These are the benefits I gained by meditating constantly:

1. My stress and anxiety levels reduced.

2. I’m learning to live peacefully with my negative thoughts and emotions.

3. I understand myself better.

4. I stop beating myself up whenever I feel I didn’t do well.

5. Meditation made me understand that perception is key to tranquility and satisfaction resulting to happiness.

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