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Philosophical Monday: The Tri-Weekly Habit – Does Anyone Know How to Meditate?

pregnantyogaSo ’tis the eve of another successful 21 day challenge. I skipped a few days of writing — not out of laziness, but b/c I honestly ran out of time. Also, I did spend money on non-necessities. A friend had a birthday dinner and it felt too miserly to eat beforehand and simply drink water at the event or refuse to take part in the group present or even turn down the invite, since I do consider her a dear, dear friend. Also, we ate out to celebrate Betty’s successful second trimester screening. However, I would still call this challenge sucessful in that I pulled it off for the most part. I’m at page 150 of my second novel — which means I clocked 90 pages. Not bad.

As for never spending money on anything that’s not a necessity again, that’s not an option. However, I would like to keep the good habit of really thinking before I spend money. So I’ve decided to pick one day a week for spending money from now on. For example, if a friend invites me to her birthday dinner on Saturday, then I make Saturday my spending day and can only spend money on non-necessities on that day. I’ll keep a list of non-essential purchases that I would like to make, which gives me plenty of time to cross anything I don’t really need to buy off of my list. And if I don’t make it to the mall or remember to go online to buy everything on my weekly list, then I’ll have to wait until the next week’s spending day to purchase it. I’ll let you know how this revised habit goes.

As for the writing habit, I’ve decided that I want penning my novel to be my second job — even if I’m not getting paid for it at the moment, so I would like to rachet up to a professional 3 hours a day. Therefore for the next 21 days, I’ll double down on my 40 minutes and write for an hour and 20 minutes every day in the hopes that I will be able to tackle 3 hours a day in the 21 days after that. I admit that I’m very scared that I won’t be able to meet either of these challenges — but as always, fear is a good thing.

As for my lifestyle habit, I’ve decided to go with something simple, b/c my writing challenge is so very intimidating — also I’ve been having a hard time sleeping lately. So I’m going to try meditating for 20 minutes a day. Hopefully between the meditation and the insane schedule, I’ll be so exhausted that I fall asleep and stay asleep — or at least am able to go right back to sleep when I wake up in the middle of the night. I’ll take whatever I can get at this point.

But question, does anyone know how to meditate. I don’t think I can calm my mind down by myself, so if anyone knows of a book or tape that will guide me in my new practice, please let us know in the comments.

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