So, it is 2018! I can’t believe how fast the past year went, it is definitely true that the more time flies the older you get. I have a feeling that 2018 is going to be a big one for me…I have a big birthday (not quite come to terms with that yet!), my children are becoming ‘tweens, potentially big changes at work. I have written a blog post about my aims for the next year and I am really hoping that I stick to them. I had my suspicions confirmed in 2017 that I have now transitioned into Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS), and I want to make sure that I make the most of the health that I have and enjoy the ‘little things’ more. Emma, from Not Just Tired really inspired me over the Christmas period with her #MakeMemories challenge – focusing on the positives at a time when it is very easy to become a bit overwhelmed. I have to admit that I didn’t quite manage not to become overwhelmed and overdo it a bit – I wanted to make the most of spending time with my sister, who is visiting from Australia – so, to help, I have decided to set myself my own challenge for the month of January: meditating everyday.
I love meditation; it helps me to feel calmer so I don’t fly off the handle as much, more in control of my illness, more present so that I appreciate the every day… but the past year has been pretty hard and, as a result, perhaps I haven’t appreciated as much as I could. My regular meditation practice has become a bit more, well, sporadic. I feel great when I do it, I just don’t do it enough at the moment. And I really think that regular practice reaps the greatest rewards.
The Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis programme has a fab clip to explain why meditation is so beneficial:
So, my plan for the month of January (starting today, the 3rd) is to meditate every day. I plan to start with a 10 minute meditation today, 15 minutes tomorrow and 20 minutes for the remaining days. But I am not going to beat myself up if I don’t do the full 20 minutes (kids, pets, life can get in the way) – as long as I do a bit every day I’ll be happy.
I already have a subscription of the Headspace meditation app but if I want to mix things up a bit, I’ll try the Insight Timer app or Calm. All I need is a quiet space (hopefully easy now that the kids have started back at school!) and my new candle to put me in a relaxed mood.
Anyone with me? I plan on writing a blog post at the end of the month in order to document my #MeditationChallenge and how it all goes, but ultimately i just want to feel a bit calmer and more in control of myself and my health. I’m really looking forward to this – wish me luck!