At the beginning of December, I took on 2 challenges: the Nia 7-minute workout (details are available on the Events page) and 7 minutes of meditation. I’ve been meaning to do both for several months now, so when Helen Terry posted the Nia challenge and Elizabeth Peru posted her challenge of ’31 Days of Empowerment’ for December, I knew I needed to do both. When trying to determine my ‘INTENT’ for Empowerment, the first thing that popped into my head was 7 minutes of meditation. And it seemed that I needed to do both of these together.
Every day, beginning with December 1, my intent has been to complete the Nia 7-minute workout (mw) followed by 7 minutes of meditation. So far, I have been successful, with two exceptions: Dec. 5, I was sick and Dec. 8, I celebrated too much. But, I did not follow my normal pattern of beating myself up for not being perfect. SCORE! The experience has been too phenomenal to muddy with self-criticism or judgment. I want to be very clear: these have NOT been easy tasks. Some of those 7 minutes in the Nia workout are looong minutes…but they are worth it! And, 7 minutes may not seem like a long time to meditate, but it is quite a challenge for me. Some days, my mind does not wish to embrace stillness. There have been tears. But, I find that if I keep with it, there are moments of peace, joy and inspiration.
I vary the times of my practice, but I find the most enjoyment during times of transition. When I am moving from one activity to another, an easy way for me to shift gears is to do the Nia 7-mw, followed by 7 minutes of meditation. During these 14 minutes, I am able to release the old activity through movement and clear my mind of it. I am then fully present and able to step into the next part of my day.
For the month of December, these challenges have provided me with rewards that I intend to keep in the New Year. During this time of reflection, I am grateful for the challenges of this year, especially ones that have shown themselves to be cherished gifts. In your trials, may you find treasures.
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