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Hey guys! How is your week going so far? It has been pretty good over here. I feel like this week has been moving so fast, I can’t believe it is already Wednesday. What about you, has it been a slow, fast or normal week so far?
I have gotten quite a few questions about the 40-day revolution I am doing (currently in week 2), so I thought I would share a little about it today.
One of my favorite yoga studios was offering it as a 6-week course, with weekly meetings. Since one of my goals for 2018 was to develop a more regular yoga and meditation practice, I decided to sign up for it. To be honest, I signed up without really knowing what to expect. I have had such beautiful experiences with this studio, I just figured it would be a great experience and jumped on in.
The program itself follows the 40 Days to Personal Revolution book, written by Baron Baptiste. The book presents the 12 “Laws of Transformation,” which are essentially spiritual laws which govern our lives. Each week of the program focuses on a different area to aid in your personal growth. Week one focused on being present. This week is focused on vitality. Yoga, meditation, journaling, and diet are all tools used in the program.
The yoga and meditation are daily practices, that increase in duration each week. We started with a once a day 20 minute at home yoga practice, and two 5 minute meditation sessions. This week it has increased to a 30-minute daily yoga practice and two 10 minute meditations. While I am a little worried about how I will make time for yoga and meditation each day as the practices get longer, I am really enjoying the practice thus far.
I have been doing my yoga practice first thing in the morning and notice such a huge difference in how I feel from start to finish. I immediately follow with the morning meditation. It is a wonderful way to start my day. Even though I have been getting up a little earlier (which is already really early!) to get it in, I feel so grounded and ready for the day when I am done.
(Most of my daily practice has been in my living room surrounded by toys that didn’t get put away the night before, but I like to pretend I’m in my favorite little studio corner).
The evening meditation is a different story, I don’t know why exactly, but sitting to meditate even for just 5 minutes in the evening seems like such a chore. I am working on it though and did manage to get in all my evening meditations so far. Hopefully, I can keep it going. I do find that it helps me to let go of some of the stress I had been holding onto from the day.
The journaling does not come naturally to me. I know quite a few people who have found journaling to be such a wonderful outlet for them, but I always feel a bit forced when I sit down and try to journal (though I love dishing to you guys). Fortunately, each week has prompts, which makes it a little easier for me. Some of the first week prompts also really made me think about my life in ways that I normally don’t, and helped me to identify some areas I think I need to nurture more, so, all in all, I think it’s a good thing.
The diet component so far has been focused primarily on noticing what you eat and moving towards eating nourishing, unprocessed foods. While I would be lying if I said I was totally abstaining from chips, cookies, and more processed goodies, I do believe that I feel my best when I am eating primarily minimally processed foods and lots of fruits and veggies and am trying to be mindful and focus on foods that make me feel nourished. Later in the program, there is a three-day fruit fast (our leader encouraged us to think of it as a fruit feast), so we will see what that is like. If it is full of beautiful mangos like this one, I think it will be doable. Also, we have been informed that avocado is a fruit to include.
I am planning to share about my journey in this challenge periodically over the next several weeks, but if you have any specific questions just let me know!
Question: Have you completed any yoga or fitness challenges? What kind and how was it? Do you meditate? If so, how do you get into a good meditation groove? Going from a 5-minute meditation to 10 minutes has been a struggle for me, so I’m a little nervous about increasing duration each week.
Hope you have a great day!