Personal development is the name of this game. I’ve been on a quest this year to be more creative and so far it’s been pretty fruitful; free writing a little more, ampoule signing up for a hip hop dancing class, patient and pushing myself to read more fiction (as it apparently breeds empathy and creativity).
My 26th year was characterized by an influx of change, growth and understanding of loss—loss of material goods and finding myself through non-tangible goals. Now, a couple weeks into my 27th year, I’ve made a conscious effort to try and centre myself. I’ve picked up doing yoga consistently and now I have this new challenge: 3 weeks of mediation for 20 minutes a day.
So why meditation? I’m sure you’ve caught wind of the new trend of articles coming out promoting meditation and growth – in a non-spiritual way. It’s a chance to find and build practices in balance, mindfulness and calm. This is also a way for me to build and strengthen my memory. According to this article from Fast Company (that inspired this sudden experiment),
“Mindfulness meditation is also great for improving our working memories, which help us temporarily hold on to new information. Researchers at Harvard Medical School believe meditation helps us screen out everyday distractions, which helps us more rapidly remember and incorporate new information.”
Mediation may have the power to make you 10% happier, and all it takes is as little as 5 minutes a day. Yoga has always helped me find that little bit of space for me, but I want to take it a step further. 20 minutes a day, 3 weeks and following it, I plan to record and keep a journal of the changes and the thoughts that come with this process, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll build and have a habit stick.
Wish me luck!