This morning, I broke my meditation streak record. It was previously 25 days, and this morning I made it 26. I only meditate for five to ten minutes at a time. I’d like to try meditating for longer at some point, but as far as daily practice is concerned, five to ten minutes is really all you need. The daily, consistent practice is what helps you see results.
I’ve been meditating since April 2015, and I can’t even begin to tell you the positive impact it has had on me. Especially since I have had anxiety for my entire life.
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I was scrolling through my Instagram feed last night, and I saw the above post. I’m visiting family in Brooklyn for lunch this Saturday, and it just so happens that this run is before lunch this Saturday. I had to RSVP that I was coming.
Running across the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges sounds amazing. Imagine the views that I’ll have of the river and the city. Also, meeting like-minded, positive people will also be amazing.
I love this running community of which I have become a part. I don’t have to love everybody I come across, but so far, the people that I’ve met, in person and online, are on my level. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Finally, there’s this whole concept of “being good” when it comes to declining sweets or some other indulgence.
Now that I’ve done it a few times, people have told me that I’m being good. For me, it’s not a morality issue. I’m not being good if I decline, and I’m not being bad if I indulge. I’m just being me and living in a way that’s true to who I am.
Yesterday, at work, we had lunch at Panera and brought back cookies for dessert. I declined the cookies and was told that I was staying strong. No, not really. My rationale was: I’m in a training cycle for my half marathon, and so I’m not indulging as often as I normally do. I’m going out to dinner with a close friend on Saturday, and wherever we go, I want to indulge in dessert without even thinking about it.
Therefore, I’d rather save my indulgence for a really nice dessert instead of blowing my wad on a Panera cookie.
There is no good or bad, strong or weak. It is simply a choice you make based on your values. My values are that I use food as fuel and love myself enough to put good fuel into my body. Whenever I do indulge, it’s not going to kill me and I will fully enjoy it because I love myself enough to get full joy out of indulgence.
That’s it. The end.