Some of you who also follow me on Twitter have probably noticed that I’m making a concerted effort to meditate daily again. I had dropped off to one or twice a week and have really wanted to be more focused about it, as I know the boost in focus and nwyfre is tangible.
Then one of the folks over at the Strategic Sorcery boards posted a timer app that used various singing bowls as tones. The other neat thing about this little gadget, called the Insight Timer, is that it sets goals and milestones for your practice, and keeps track of them for you. The fact that you can set it to automatically brag about your triumphs to Twitter is a nice extra boost to accountability. There is also a message at the end of your session letting you know how many other people with the app were meditating at the same time as you–for me, it creates a sense of connection, much like the OBOD full moon meditations for peace, to know that other people are doing the same thing as you are all around the world. The final plus: a journal prompt at the end of the meditation that lets you record your thoughts about the session.
Anyway, some Insights (ha!) from the past few days of mediation:
*Meditating with a 4-year-old in the room is hard. Trufax.
*I’m currently better at focusing on a specific image in my mind’s eye than I am at emptying my mind and focusing on breath.
*I worry that the timer is yet another form of external validation. Like blogging isn’t, right?
The goal is to post every Monday about my general experience in the past week. Some weeks will be great, some not so much, but with luck I can see changes in my practice over time.