30 Day Meditation Challenge in January!

At the end of November, I asked Instagram if anyone would be interested in a meditation challenge in 2018. The resounding answer was YES. I am so excited to launch the 30 Day Meditation Challenge!

My main goal with this challenge is to help you (and myself) begin, or restart, a consistent meditation practice, while also having the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals. Let’s start conversations about meditation. Let’s support and encourage each other to keep going, despite the struggles. Let’s learn together. Share your victories. Share your hardships. Ask questions, And overall, let’s build a strong foundation for our meditation practices to take with us through the rest of 2018, and beyond.

For information on the why and how, check out this video –

We will begin January 1st and the challenge will go through all of January. As there are 31 days in January, you have a little wiggle room to miss a day without feeling any guilt or shame. And please, rest assured that if you don’t meditate all 30 days, it doesn’t mean you are a bad person! Do this challenge for yourself, to the best of your ability.

There will be 5 mini-challenges/assignments throughout the month. Each will be posted to a Facebook group I’ve created, as well as my The Awakened Moon Facebook page, and my Instagram. They will go up every Monday at 10am. They aren’t designed to make your life harder. Just the opposite! Use them to try something new and decide if the technique, style, etc, works for you or not. One will require more than 1 day to do, but the rest can be done once during the week of the assignment, unless you end up liking it!

Please join the Facebook group to join in on the conversations throughout the challenge and stay up to date. You can, of course, do the challenge without being a part of the group, but I would love to have you all there!

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I hope to set up an event, probably on Saturday, January 27th, where anyone local can meet and meditate together. Stay tuned for updates on that!

But now, let me share some resources that you can use during the challenge, or after, to aid in your meditation practice. First up, apps. There are a ton of great meditation apps out there. The ones I have experience with are:

  • Insight Timer – You can use this one as a timer, choosing the sound you want to ding at the beginning and end of  your timer, as well as the duration. You can even set different interval bells to go off throughout. If you’re not sure where to start, they also have free guided meditations.
  • Headspace – This app has a free 10 day program you can try if you have no idea where to start. I also like to use it if it’s been a while and I just need a little help getting back into the groove. If you end up liking the app and the techniques used, they offer a membership that unlocks a ton of guided meditations. There are some geared for anxiety, stress, self esteem, and even productivity.
  • Calm – This one also has paid options, but there are a few free programs you can try, including “7 Days of Calm,” “Timed Meditation,” and “7 Days of Gratitude.” You can set your own background with sounds. The biggest downside (as far as I’ve seen) is that you can’t set a timer. However, there are some recordings of soothing bedtime stories, if that’s your thing.

Next, books. There are also a lot of books about meditation. I have, admittedly, read very few. And perhaps January isn’t the time to crack into these yourself, but you can write them down and learn more about meditation later. I’m currently reading Meditation for the Love of It by Sally Kempton. I have dog-eared so many pages that have short exercises to try. I read it a few years ago, but I also enjoyed Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield. It includes benefits, tips for creating a daily practice, and multiple meditations to try, including a CD. If you are a meditation skeptic (that said, you probably aren’t reading this if you are), look into 10% Happier by Dan Harris. He’s a news anchor who shares his story about having a panic attack on live TV. To avoid that happening again, he turned to meditation. It’s not much of a how-to, but it is a fascinating story!

Another place to look for information about meditation is the beloved internet! I haven’t spent a lot of time searching there yet, but I do know you can find guided meditations on YouTube and podcasts. You can use these tools I’ve provided above to help you get started, but don’t hesitate to start your own research and see what you can find.

And lastly, let me leave you with a few things to think about before the challenge begins January 1st.

  • What are your goals for the challenge?
  • Do you plan to document your journey? Do you want to keep a journal?
  • How do you want to track the days? A calendar? An app?
  • Based on your schedule, what time of day do you think would be easiest to block out the time to meditate?
  • Where do you want to meditate? Do you have a comfortable chair you can sit in? Would you be okay on a blanket or cushion on the floor?

This the first online event I’ve ever hosted. I’m a bit nervous to see how it goes – will anyone even do it? Have I organized it well enough? But I can’t wait for all of us to go on this journey together. If you have any questions, please let me know. And feel free to share this challenge with anyone you think might be interested! The more, the merrier! I will see you in January!