Suggested reading from Bliss More:
Chapter 1: Get Comfortable (3 mins)
Chapter 1: It's Not About the Ommmm (5 mins)
Debunking the Myths
Most people assume that in order to be good at meditation, you have to act and live like a monk. In other words, they assume that all successful meditators are soft spoken, never curse or eat meat, that they are calm, and able to sit like a pretzel for long stretches of time. But this is not the case at all...
What a successful daily meditator looks like
The great thing about meditation is you can be you and still be successful. You don't have to give up your lifestyle or job in order to benefit from meditation. Here are a list of famous regular people who happen to be daily meditators:
- Jerry Seinfeld
- David Lynch
- Howard Stern
- Jim Carrey
Did you recognize any monks on that list? Nope, because there weren't any.
Normal-people situations that are often mistaken as obstacles to meditation
- Eating meat
- Being a parent
- Living in a noisy environment
- Having a demanding job or two
- Being unable to sit still for very long
- Being unable to cross your legs
- Being unable to sit with your back straight
Embrace being a normal
You have a busy mind. So what? You live in a noisy environment. What else is new? You probably sit at a desk or in a car for a good amount of time each week, which means sitting on the floor is not comfortable for you. Perfect, because the good news is none of these are obstacles to your meditation! In your practice today, you're going to meditate for 10-minutes, eyes closed, and relish in your normalness. Here are your instructions:
- Get comfortable (but no lying down)
- Set a soft alarm for 10 minutes
- Close your eyes
- And let your busy mind rip! Let it go wherever it goes—normal thoughts and all—with no judgement (kids, work, conversations, etc)
- Stay as relaxed as possible
- When the alarm goes off, you're done
You still don't have a lot of structure in the practice, so at this point you're successful simply by making the time for your meditation. This is two days in a row that you've been meditating. One more day, and you can officially call yourself a "meditator." Many of the difficulties we experience in meditation arise from the mentality that we're not fit to meditate because of our normal busy lifestyle. When we reframe that misguided belief, our experiences will become easier and easier. How did you do?
Post a photo of something that represents your life—something that's ideally unique to you—and post it on your social media, with a caption about how it can exist in tandem with your meditation. Make sure to tag #blissmore and #blissmorechallenge so we can follow your progress.
Sample accountability post
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